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Angels Flight fare to double to 50 cents next week

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Tickets for a ride on the historic Angels Flight Railway in downtown Los Angeles will double from 25 cents to 50 cents next week, officials announced Tuesday.

“When Col. J.W. Eddy originally opened Angels Flight, a ride cost only a penny, and the fare has been 25 cents per ride since 1996,” said the railway’s president, John H. Welborne.

“For the past 18 months, we have been contemplating raising the fare,” Welborne said in a statement, adding that fare revenues never completely cover annual operations and maintenance costs.

The railway -- which is 110 years old and runs 298 feet up and down Bunker Hill -- was closed over the summer after safety inspectors found that flanges on the rail cars’ 15-year-old wheels had worn down and needed to be replaced.

It reopened in July after inspectors signed off on the new wheels installed on the cars, known as Sinai and Olivet.

The line had previously shut down in 2001 after the brakes failed on one car and it crashed into the other, killing an 83-year-old passenger and injuring seven others.

The new fare will go into effect on Monday. Riders with Metro passes can still ride for 25 cents and regular users can still receive five rides at a 20% discount.

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-- Ari Bloomekatz

Photo: Angels Flight in downtown Los Angeles in 2010. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

 
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