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NEARLY TWO AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE HAVE USED THE METRO RED LINE DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF OPERATION

 LOS ANGELES, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the inception of service on Jan. 30, 1993, the Metro Red Line subway system has carried approximately 2.49 million passengers and logged nearly 111,000 miles, announced MTA Chief Executive Officer Franklin White.
 "The popularity of this system continues to grow as more and more people discover the convenience of using the Metro Red Line during their commute to and from work," said White.
 "As future segments open along Wilshire Boulevard and through Hollywood, more MTA patrons will enjoy the convenience and reliability of subway travel."
 The first segment of the Red Line, conceived as the "spine" of a planned 400-mile rail system, stretches 4.4 miles through downtown Los Angeles from Union Station to Wilshire and Alvarado near MacArthur Park.
 Upon completion, the subway line will run 22.7 miles, branching in three directions that will include East Los Angeles, North Hollywood and the mid city, Pico/San Vicente area.
 The Red Line is presently carrying approximately 15,000 boarding passengers on average weekday. During the first six months of service, the system has achieved a 98 percent on-time performance record.
 "This modern, state-of-the-art transportation system has been enjoyed by millions of people over the last six months and will continue to be enjoyed by millions more for generations to come," said Los Angeles City Councilman and MTA Board Chairman Richard Alatorre.
 "Today's milestone truly indicates the need for a balanced transportation system, one that employs bus, light rail, and heavy rail integrated with a comprehensive transit network to rid Los Angeles of traffic gridlock and polluted skies," said Alatorre.
 Crime and vandalism on the Red Line is virtually nonexistent because of a patrol of 45 MTA Transit Police officers. Fare evasion is less than 1 percent with zero incidents of any major acts of graffiti or vandalism.
 "The success of the Red Line is a tribute to the dedicated men and women who operate the system," said Art Leahy, MTA executive officer for Operations.
 "Our top priority is to provide clean, safe, and reliable service to our patrons and the first six months of Red Line operations has met that commitment," said Leahy.
 Since opening the Red Line, ridership on the Metro Blue Line, a 22-mile rail system between Long Beach and Los Angeles, has increased by approximately 4,000 passengers daily. The Blue Line, with three years of service, has carried more than 31 million passengers and logged 4.25 million miles. Average weekday ridership for the Blue Line is 38,500.
 The Red Line operates from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. During the morning and afternoon peak periods, trains run every five minutes. During non-peak periods, the frequency of trains are every 10 minutes. The one-way fare for the Red Line is 25 cents.
 -0- 7/30/93
 /CONTACT: Rick Jager, 213-972-4400, or Jim Smart, 213-244-7443, both of MTA News Bureau/


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