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MTA TO EXTEND SPECIAL 25-CENT RED LINE FARE THROUGH APRIL 30

 LOS ANGELES, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A special discount 25-cent Metro Red Line subway fare originally scheduled to end March 31 will be available through the month of April, MTA's board of directors decided March 24.
 The special fare, good for a one-way trip on the recently opened Red Line, will follow the same guidelines as in March. Transfers to other modes of transportation will not be available.
 "We have received many positive comments about the special discount fare, especially during the lunch hour in downtown Los Angeles when hundreds of workers are using the Red Line trains," said Richard Alatorre, chairman of the MTA board of directors. "My hope is that our action today will encourage even more people who work in the downtown area to find out what the Red Line is all about."
 Weekday ridership on the Red Line averaged about 14,000 in March. Monthly Blue Line ridership figures for February indicate that an average of 3,400 more riders used the Blue Line each day in order to transfer to and from the Red Line.
 At Union Station, the Red Line serves approximately 1,700 Metrolink commuter rail passengers each weekday.
 "This is the very gradual trend we expect to see in the coming years," MTA Chief Executive Officer Franklin White said. "As the bus and rail systems expand, more people will discover that public transportation really is a better alternative than sitting on a crowded freeway, and ridership will increase."
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 /CONTACT: Greg Davy or Jim Smart of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 213-972-4400/


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