Busting the bad guys

  • 1999-04-01
  • Katya Cengel
Public transportation in Riga provides the city with a comic book of characters: The big bad inspectors, the tired conductors, the sneaky kids. Katya Cengel climbs aboard to report.In most of the world, automated machines have made personal conductors a thing of the past.Not Latvia. On every bus, tram, trolley bus and train, a conductor with a satchel slung over his shoulder, a roll of tickets in hand, and a badge on his chest can be heard saying "Ludzu" above the dim of the moving vehicle. As passengers cram on, the conductor pushes through to hand out paper thin tickets and issue change.I...
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