722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York

Category: Americas
Author: Clifton Hood
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by fcbrooklyn   2019-01-06
A very interesting history of the NYC subway. https://www.amazon.com/722-Miles-Building-Subways-Transforme...

It's been years since I read it, but as I recall, the system was built by private entities, who were gradually driven out of business when the city set a cap on the price of a fare (first at a nickel, then at a dime). When they folded one by one, they got subsumed into the MTA, and I guess at some point it was decided that it was ok to raise the price.