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NEARLY A HALF MILLION PEOPLE RIDE RED LINE IN FEBRUARY; WEEKDAY RIDERSHIP AVERAGES 16,350

 LOS ANGELES, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost a half million people took advantage of a special discounted fare in February to ride Los Angeles County's newest mode of public transportation: the Metro Red Line subway system.
 On Feb. 25, RTD's board of directors unanimously voted to extend the period for the 25-cent one-way fare through March to give as many people as possible the opportunity to experience Southern California's first modern subway system.
 "We carried an estimated 491,350 riders on the Red Line in February," reported Alan F. Pegg, RTD's general manager. "These are people who transfer to the Red Line from the Blue Line and from Metrolink, people who use the system during their lunch hour, and those who simply want to see what the future of Los Angeles County public transportation holds."
 Daily ridership figures were gathered from opening day, Jan. 30, through Feb. 18. It is estimated that a daily weekday ridership average was 16,350, based on early figures and later spot checks during the month. Weekends were higher, with Saturdays averaging 20,300 and Sundays averaging 19,900.
 Preliminary Blue Line ridership figures also suggest that more people are using the Blue Line in order to transfer to the Red Line. Pegg reported late in February that, while no clear trend had yet been established, as many as 3,000 more Blue Line riders may be alighting at the Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles where the Red and Blue Line systems intersect.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Davy or Jim Smart of RTD, 213-972-4400/


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