Transit fare payment in LA

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

    • 2.0 • 405 Ratings
    • Free

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TAP is your ticket to ride transit in greater Los Angeles! It is accepted on 26 systems including LA Metro, providing a vast network of buses and trains.

- Make your travel safe and easy with touchless payment and card management.
- Add a new TAP card to your iPhone and Apple Watch and use your fare immediately.
- Use your iPhone (8 and above) and Apple Watch (Series 3 and above) to tap with Apple Pay when boarding a bus or train.
- Enjoy flexible payment options including credit/debit cards, account cash and Apple Pay.
- Purchase a transit pass or Stored Value for any agency in Los Angeles County.

- Manage multiple cards in your TAP account (iPhone 5 and above).
- Add your TAP card to Apple Wallet, enable Express Transit and quickly tap and pay when you board. You don't even have to wake up your phone!
- Supports reduced fares for seniors, students, persons with disabilities and low-income riders.
- Transfer a TAP card in your account to your Apple Wallet and leave the plastic at home.
- Access multimodal programs such as Metro Bike Share.
- Use Trip Tools to plan trips, find nearby transit options, view real-time arrivals and save favorite destinations and stops.
- Enjoy the benefits of a TAP account, such as Balance Protection, card management, discounts, promotions, transaction history and friendly customer service.
- Accepted on 26 transit systems in LA County including:
Angels Flight Railway
Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA)
Baldwin Park Transit
Beach Cities Transit
Burbank Bus
Carson Circuit
Compton Renaissance Transit System
Culver CityBus
Foothill Transit
Gardena GTRANS
Glendale Beeline
Glendora Transportation Division
Huntington Park Transit Unlimited
LA County Department of Public Works
LADOT Transit
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
Long Beach Transit
Montebello Bus Lines
Monterey Park Spirit Bus
Norwalk Transit
Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority
Pasadena Transit
Santa Clarita Transit
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
Torrance Transit

What’s New

Version 1.26.89

TAP App v1.26.89 New Features/Enhancements
1. Fare capping status feature
-View your LA Metro fare capping progress in “Card Info.”
2. Promo code enhancement
- Add a new virtual card to your phone and redeem a promo code in one transaction.
- Supports LA Metro’s GoPass program participants and students using Long Beach Transit.
3. Zero-dollar checkout enhancement
- When you purchase a discounted fare product or redeem a promo code and the shopping cart net total is $0, no payment method is required to check out.

Ratings and Reviews

2.0 out of 5
405 Ratings

405 Ratings

Feefer2 ,

WTH does inbound/outbound even mean?

Devs, please don’t go ‘off the reservation’ by getting all fancy on us; please stick to using official Metro time-tested nomenclature (which has been used on Metro system for over 5 decades, even back when it was called RTD) by referring to lines by ‘line number’, ‘direction of travel’ and ‘city of final destination’ (eg 233 N / Lake View Terrace).

Using “inbound/outbound” nomenclature is fixing a problem which wasn’t even broken in the first place, & only adds needless confusion (think about it for a moment: if you stand at ANY bus stop in the city, the bus serving that line/stop will be inbound before it arrives, and become outbound after it departs from the stop. But the problem is that same principle applies to the bus stop ACROSS the street too, so it’s needlessly confusing).

And YES, I realize the conventional info. for the line’s final destination is available in a sun-menu, but why make users drill down into another sub-menu and exit it, when that’s a completely unnecessary step?

Just stick to standard official Metro terminology, and show the info. on the main menu (I’m old enough to remember when app devs valued ‘elegance’ over ‘needless complexity’).

PrimeTimeDJ ,

You can’t create an account

Any time I’m presented with more than about a dozen keystrokes to put in from an tiny on-screen smartphone keyboard I reach for a bluetooth keyboard. Developers: here me loud and clear on this. You CANNOT use a smartphone on-screen keyboard for more than a few words. Even the complicated passwords everyone wants us to use are impossible. So I could find no way to create an account without resorting to an hour of letter-by-letter on-screen typing. I guess I’ll have to go find a YT video on how to use this transit system. Every new system is an all-day project to figure out. No wonder people just give up and drive. California Legistlators: Please pass a bill to force all of these transit districts to use a universal fare and ticketing system.

Anthony Daniel Jay ,

Too Unreliable

I’ve dealt with a lot of apps that are inconsistent with when it’s functioning at a high level, I’m pretty forgiving and patient. This app is on a whole new level, I wouldn’t even call it inconsistent…it’s very consistently not working.

Either products can’t be purchased or I put funds in; see that it’s taken from my bank, and it doesn’t show up on the app account.

Ive tried different bank cards, credit cards, Apple Pay…..it’s all the same.

At times you get a nice bus driver that lets you on, other times you get berated for “trying to get a free ride”.

LA is a big city with a large amount of its residents using their metro. A lot of us don’t live near places we can just load up tap cards and the app is essential to travel.

It’s really sad that one of the “best” cities in the world puts so little money and effort into supporting their inhabitants.

App Privacy

The developer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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