The test of stored value has gone very well — so well, in fact, that Metro today is selling stored value at all ticket vending machines in Metro Rail and Orange Line stations. The machines will allow customers to add stored value in increments of $10, $20, $40, $80, $100 and $200. Cards also remain for sale at 22 machines — here are their locations.
In addition — and just as significant — the taptogo.net website now allows customers to put increments of $5, $10, $25 and $50 of stored value on their TAP cards (sign in, click on ‘fare products’ and then the arrows next to “fare description.’) This is especially convenient for those who don’t take Metro Rail and don’t have easy access to the ticket vending machines. The uber-alert L.A. Streetsblog site already seems extremely happy about this according to their post yesterday.
Stored value allows customers to put cash on their TAP cards and have the cost of single rides automatically deducted whenever they take the bus or train — just tap your card at the gate and go. It’s very convenient for Metro riders who don’t want to hassle with buying paper tickets before each ride, especially those who don’t ride enough to justify buying a daily, weekly or monthly pass.
Please bear in mind that this is still officially a test of the TAP system. Please feel free to provide feedback by leaving a comment with this post or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metro is also working to eventually allow stored value to be added at vendors who sell TAP cards around Los Angeles County. That effort will be spread out over the next several weeks. Once available, you will be able to load increments of $5, $10, $15, $20, $40, $50, $80 and $100.
A special note of caution: all TAP card riders are reminded that they are REQUIRED to tap when boarding all trains and buses. If you are stopped by fare inspectors, you will be cited if stored value cards that had not been ‘tapped’ will be cited. It is not sufficient to have “cash value” on the card – you MUST TAP with each boarding.