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SPECIAL RTD 50-CENT FARE TICKETS EXPIRE SEPT. 30

 SPECIAL RTD 50-CENT FARE TICKETS EXPIRE SEPT. 30
 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective Sept. 26, RTD


will no longer sell the special 50-cent discount tickets, announced RTD General Manager Alan F. Pegg.
 The reduced fare program will conclude on Sept. 30, 1992. Bus patrons with leftover 50-cent tickets can use them at their face value toward the purchase of 90-cent discount ticket books or monthly passes.
 Exchanges can be made only at RTD Customer Service Centers or by mailing unused tickets to RTD, P.O. Box 2290, Los Angeles, 90051- 2290. No cash refunds will be issued for unused tickets.
 "This program has been a phenomenal success," said Pegg. "The reduced fare program served its purpose in providing RTD patrons with affordable public transportation."
 To date, a total of 21.7 million tickets have been sold. RTD projects that by the end of the program more than 23 million reduced fare tickets will have been distributed.
 Supervisor Kenneth Hahn has pledged $2 million in Proposition A local return funds to help pay some of the costs of the program.
 Since the beginning of the program, the district has collected an average of 170,500 tickets on weekdays, 111,700 on Saturdays and 74,400 on Sundays.
 "We believe the program has done what it was intended to do: assist the community in recovering from the recent civil unrest and hard economic times," Pegg said.
 The net fare revenue loss because of the reduced fare program is estimated at $1.5 million per month.
 RTD will continue its efforts in securing additional funds from the Federal Transit Administration, the State of California, and the Los Angeles County Supervisors to cover the cost of the program.
 -0- 9/21/92
 /CONTACT: Rick Jager or Jim Smart of RTD, 213-972-4400/ CO: Southern California Rapid Transit District ST: California IN: SU:


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