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Angels Flight closed for repairs, may reopen with higher fare

January 10, 2012 |  9:10 am

Angels Flight railway
The historic Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles will be grounded for several weeks for routine maintenance and will likely reopen with a slightly higher ticket fare.

Starting Tuesday, the railway will be closed to replace worn rails and complete some carpentry and paint work on the 110-year-old rail cars, authorities said.

After the improvements, the fare likely will rise from a quarter to 50 cents.

Archive photos: Angels Flight's first opening

Metro pass holders will receive a half-off discount if the nonprofit increases the cost for the one-minute trip up and down Bunker Hill, Angels Flight Railway President John Welborne told City News Service.

Angels Flight, dubbed "the shortest railway in the world,"' was closed in 2001 following an accident that killed one person and seriously injured seven. It reopened in 2010.

In June, the railway was shut down for almost a month after inspectors found some of the wheels to be unsafe.

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-- Angel Jennings

Photo: Crews work on Angels Flight railway in 2008. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times.

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