Harris J. Klein

Tuesday, October 25, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Harris J. Klein answers questions about New York's transportation facilities.

Hosted by Marvin Sleeper

Panelists: Larry Barrett of the Washington Square Journal, Bob Feinberg of the Hunter College Arrow, and Martin Birmingham of NYU.

Questions: A fare increase could happen as early as tomorrow. There is nothing the city could do to make bus lines profitable; the people of New York City are entitled to the service. The public is being submitted to brainwashing by the bus line operators. All offers to buy city bus lines would cause a decrease in the benefits to workers. Rumors of subway lines that would run to the suburbs. All New Yorkers are entitled to a Second Avenue subway now. It would cost approximately 500 million dollars. Would be financed in the same way that other public benefits are financed - tax payer money. Traffic Commissioner Wylie's suggestion that traffic on Avenues should be one way; the buses object, but "the people come first."

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71924
Municipal archives id: LT6334


Lawrence Barrett, Martin Birmingham, Robert Feinberg, Harris J. Klein and Marvin Sleeper


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