Could Work, But
Who Trusts MTA
To Control Costs?
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me for 56 years, oy vey.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and its predecessor agencies have been deceiving New Yorkers for at least 60 years.
They may have been doing it longer, but I was too young to know about it.
It began in civics class in Junior High School 52 in Upper Manhattan. We were assigned by Mr. Reisman to write essays on the issue of the day, whether the subway fare should be increased from five to ten cents. We could choose which side we would take.
The Board of Transportation, long since abolished, operated the three subway systems, IRT, BMT and IND, and some trolley and bus lines. They said that a ten-cent fare would cover their deficit and provide better transportation for the public. The kids who were against the increase said that if the fare went to ten cents, some day it would go to fifteen. They were right on that one. On the other hand, the fare had been five cents for generations, and the private subway companies which built the IRT and BMT lines had been driven into bankruptcy. The city built the IND lines in the 1930's. They looked very nice when they were new. So the ten cent fare was reasonable, even if the riders did not get all they were promised.