Business & Finance: Higher Fares in Dixie

With total passenger miles running 54% over a year ago and many a train full up, the southern railroads—which pioneered travel-building lower fares—decided they might as well charge as much as other U.S. carriers. Last week they got ICC permission to boost their fares from 1.65¢ a mile to 2.2¢, the national rate.

If it does not drive passengers away, the extra .55¢ will bring the roads well over $10,000,000. The bankrupt Seaboard Air Line, for example, hopes to collect an added $1,250,000 a year, about equal to its net income in 1941.

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