Sick and Inglorious Transit

In most big cities, fares and frustrations are rising

Irate New Yorkers are pushing past the token booths and ducking under the turnstiles. In Philadelphia, commuter trains are plastered with white cardboard notices announcing the end of service on Aug. 30. In Chicago, suburbanites are so infuriated by fare increases that they are threatening to desert their leafy outposts.

"I'm going to move into the city," vows Bob Madden, 24, a printing company salesman who lives 24 miles from downtown in Deerfield, Ill. "I could probably afford to commute, but I've got better things to do with my money."

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