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Fare Collection Folly, Waste and Stupidity

In the March, 2020 installment of National Bus Trader, I penned a scathing article about fare collection (see But like many things in transit, things only and always get worse and worse. It is hardly surprising that ridership continues to decline, placing the future of transit at risk of soon disappearing in many part of the country. But my most recent experience with the New York City subway system was so exasperating that I felt it worth summarizing the key benchmarks in the history of fare collection. The Good Old Days When the introduction of buses began, car owners