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MTA INCREASES FREQUENCY OF METRO BLUE LINE TRAINS DURING NON-RUSH HOURS

 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- MTA has responded to the steadily growing number of riders using the Metro Blue Line light rail system by increasing non-rush hour service frequency from every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes as of Aug. 16.
 From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, Blue Line trains serving 22 stations on a north-south corridor between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach will now arrive every 10 minutes. During peak travel times of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., trains will continue to arrive every six minutes. Weekend schedules will remain unchanged.
 "The average weekday ridership in July once again topped 40,000, which is another strong signal to us that people are getting turned on to public transportation," said Franklin White, MTA's chief executive officer. "We are pleased to be able to offer the increased frequency."
 The Blue Line carried an average of 40,425 riders on weekdays in July. Saturday ridership averaged 31,000, with Sundays averaging 28,050.
 Ridership for the month was 1,144,175.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Davy or Jim Smart of MTA News Bureau, 213-972-4400 or 213-244-7443/


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