January 1 marked the 55th anniversary of the 1966 transit strike, which shut down New York City for days.
The LIRR added extra Queens service. Both Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal were mobbed with thousands of new commuters.
Transit Workers Union president Michael Quill went to jail, suffered a heart attack and subsequently died. He did not live to see his successor win a record 15 percent wage hike.
The subway fare was raised 33 percent, from 15 to 20 cents.