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You noted in last week’s cover story (“Missing the Bus,” 1/23) that N.Y.C. had implemented a farecard that works on both rail and bus. It should also be noted that our geniuses at Metro said they couldn’t do that. They then proceeded to spend a ton of money on the failed Go-Card system, which even as designed offered little advantage over the farecard.

While I don’t doubt that Metrorail is preferable to Metrobus, the subway is losing riders to cars for similar reasons: infrequent service, slow trains, high cost, and frequent breakdowns. We have a $10-billion-dollar, two-decade-old subway that Metro mismanagement has run into the ground.

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