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  •  Many transit systems were (none)
    private companies at first.

    The first New York City subways were private businesses.

    Washington area's Metro was a consolidation of private bus companies.

    The Shirley Highway south out Washington, DC was once a super highway in the midst of nothing.

    Over time, more and more people moved out into the suburbs or needed to buy cars to get to suburban jobs.

    By the early 1970s, private transit systems were not viable without public subsidies.

    The preferred response has been to make the private companies public.

    In New York City, private bus companies in Queens that have long been subsidized were bought out fairly recently.

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