Is 50 cents too steep for an Angels Flight ride?
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?' "
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.
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)