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Angels Flight increases fare to 50 cents starting next week

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2012, at 07:50AM
Eric Richardson

Angels Flight will increase fares to 50 cents starting next week.

Angels Flight, the historic funicular that runs up and down Bunker Hill, will cost 50 cents to ride starting next week -- doubled from the current quarter fare.

When the quirky railway first opened in 1901, rides cost one penny. Since 1996, the price has remained at 25 cents. Over the past 18 months Angels Flight organizers have been considering another price hike, said Railway president John H. Welborne. Starting March 12 the increase will take effect.

But will the extra quarter per ride really make a difference in profits?

Welborne said the money Angels Flight makes from riders has never completely covered annual operations and maintenance costs, and most of the shortfall is covered by fundraising efforts.

“On occasion, we have received additional licensing revenue in connection with our trademarks and from movie shoots, such as for the new Muppets movie last year," Welborne explained.

Angels Flight turned 110 years old last December. In January, the rail cars (named Olivet and Sinai) got a new paint job.

Even with the 100% price hike, Metro pass holders will still get a half-price discount while frequent riders can get a package deal- 5 rides for $2.

Angels Flight hasn't always been a smooth ride; the railway has a tumultuous recent history. In 2001, the funicular was closed for nine years after a 83-year-old Holocaust survivor was killed and seven others were injured in an accident on the railway.

The date of Angels Flight's original opening has been corrected and quotation marks around "historic funicular" have been removed.

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