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Is 50 cents too steep for an Angels Flight ride?

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Olivet and Sinai rarely bother with finances: They're too busy ferrying passengers up and down Bunker Hill.

Earlier this month, however, the twin Angels Flight coaches were credited with holding a decidedly monetary debate over their 25-cent fare, via Twitter. "A lot of riders (and many of our donors) say that 25 cents is too inexpensive," Olivet tweeted. "Revenues cover less than half our expenses."

"50 cent fare, then?" Sinai suggested.

"50 Cent? Isn't he a singer? Management says it wants to keep the Angels Flight fare at a quarter. The question is 'How?' "

That fanciful exchange between two downtown Los Angeles railway cars was one of many that Angels Flight operators have staged to keep tourists and commuters abreast of events at "the smallest railway in the world." This time, it was meant to spark input from Angelenos over how much riders should pay for a one-way 298-foot trip.

Suggestions have come rolling in: Charge 50 cents to $1 for most riders, with lower fares for seniors and the disabled; charge $2 a ride, but throw in a souvenir; charge non-Angelenos more than locals. Others say that simply posting a donation box would encourage generous riders to pay more.

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Photo: Against a view of blazing afternoon clouds framing City Hall, an Angels Flight car climbs Bunker Hill. A one-way ride costs 25 cents, but a fare hike to 50 cents or more is under consideration. (Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Comments () | Archives (5)

They can charge $1.00 for single rides but anywhere from $2.50 - $5.00 for ten rides. The one time riders (like me) can afford the one time payment for the novelty.

Fifty cents is way to much. You can take the DASH for thirty-five cents and go halfway around the civic center. Make it a dime.

Its gonna cost $6 bucks to get in and out of the city of San Franacisco proper; So, what is the big problem with funding & saving this historical unique So. Cal City tradition for a buck-a-head? It costs more for a bad paper nowadays.

Come on LA, get real here. Pay a dollar and be ever so grateful for the ride!

Seniors should pay more. They account for an increasingly larger and wealthier slice of the demographic pie. It's not a big deal to reach 60 or 65 these days.

It would seem to ME that 75 cents or even a dollar would still be a reasonable fare. I have lived in the la area most of my life and have yet to ride it, although im sure I will someday take the " I did it to say it did it ride "
I'm sure they're is bound to be SOMEONE that complains about a fare increase ( there ALWAYS is ) My advice to those is: Take the stairs!!! You probably need the exercise anyway!!!!!


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