Transportation: How to Win While Losing

Harry Weinberg, 53, is an up-from-the-slums entrepreneur who has made a fortune by buying faltering city bus lines and then paring payrolls, slashing services, and raising some fares. Robert Ferdinand Wagner, 52, the mayor of New York with ambitions for higher office, is a consummate politician who wants to stay on the safe side with bus riders and labor unions. Last week these two determined men collided on the streets of New York, snarling public transit from the Bowery to The Bronx. The nation's biggest metropolitan bus line was stalled by a strike,...

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