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BLUE LINE RIDERSHIP HIGHER BECAUSE OF RED LINE, EARLY FIGURES SUGGEST; METROLINK COMMUTERS ALSO USING SUBWAY

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Average daily boardings appear to have risen by about 2,500 on the Blue Line light rail system since the Jan. 30 opening of the Red Line subway system, announced Richard Alatorre, chairman of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
    Alatorre also noted that about 1,450 Metrolink commuters each day are transferring to the Red Line at Union Station.
    "Many Blue Line patrons are learning that it is extremely easy to transfer to the Red Line to get to their destinations," said Alatorre.  "As the MTA rail and bus network expands in the coming years, using public transportation will become viable to many more people like them."
    The early estimate is based on the increased number of Blue Line alightings occurring between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles, where the subway intersects with the Blue Line.
    "While it is still too early to report any conclusive ridership trends, our early estimates of ridership on the Blue Line and the Red Line since the subway system opened indicate that the availability of the Red Line is encouraging more people to use the rail system as a whole," said RTD General Manager Alan F. Pegg.
    "On Feb. 4, we counted 6,190 Blue Line alightings at the Metro Center station," said Art Leahy, RTD assistant general manager -- operations.  "This is a significant increase from the average of 4,780 alightings we noted on Dec. 3, 1992, which was typical for the month of December."
    Spot checks of Red Line ridership have yielded weekday ridership figures of between 16,000 and 20,000 a day, with weekends noticeably higher.  Red Line riders are taking advantage of a month-long special one-way fare of 25 cents that is scheduled to end Feb. 28.
    Blue Line ridership for the month of January was reported to average 34,200 on weekdays, with 854,900 total boardings.  The monthly figure for February is expected to be higher, Pegg said, largely because of the additional Blue Line passengers transferring to the Red Line.
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    CONTACT:  Greg Davy or Jim Smart of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 213-972-4400 CO:  LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION
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