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Metro riders take fare hike in stride
Metro riders take fare hike in stride

The commuters who crowded along a broad, sunny sidewalk Monday morning in South Los Angeles craned their necks as bus after bus rumbled north on Vermont Avenue. As each vehicle pulled to the curb, a public address system said in a cool monotone, "Regular fare is $1.75.... Watch your step." Monday marked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's first fare increase in four years. Spurred by financial warnings that Metro's expected deficit could grow to $225 million in the next decade, the agency raised one-way bus and rail fares from $1.50 to $1.75 and monthly passes from $75 to $100. Also new was a free-transfer policy that allows two hours of unlimited rides. ...

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