LA subway ridership may have fallen

by The Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Data shows the number of people riding the city’s subway may have fallen significantly since officials began locking the turnstiles in June to prevent passengers from riding for free.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the number of people passing through the turnstiles each month fell from 4.8 million to 4 million from May through October, though transit officials say their estimate for ridership rose by 400,000 passengers during the same period.

Metro officials say they aren’t sure whether ridership has fallen. Metro spokesman Marc Littman says turnstiles don’t account for all passengers, noting some transfers may be only counted  once.

Metro obtains ridership estimates by counting passengers at key times. Other subway systems, such as those in New York and Washington DC, rely on turnstile counts.

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