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Re: Doubling the subway fare in 1948

Posted by Joe on Sun Apr 14 14:28:27 2019, in response to Doubling the subway fare in 1948, posted by Joe on Sat Apr 13 12:18:31 2019.

The title of my original post gives the correct year, 1948. My first sentence gives an incorrect year.
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What I recall most about the free transfers was that they often involved moving fences and turnstiles. The most helpful 1948 free transfer for us on Marble Hill was the ability to gain the Independent at 168th Street for no extra fare. It somehow seemed that the extra speed south of 125th Street made up for time lost on the elevator.
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The other advantageous new free transfers were at Columbus Circle and at Times Square (IRT-BMT, not then IND). Union Square free transfers were a big deal, and Lorimer Street surprisingly worth exploring. I think Jackson Heights became the busiest new free transfer using paper.
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In later years, the TA realized that it could reduce the number of change agents if a free transfer was supplied somewhere where fences could be removed. The motive became salary reduction rather than passenger convenience.

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