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Is 50 cents too steep for an Angels Flight ride?

November 27, 2010 |  4:39 pm

Angels Flight

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.

Read the full story here.


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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)