This is something that riders may find convenient: it’s now possible to load a 30-day regular monthly Metro pass on a TAP card via text message. If buying a pass by text message, passes load immediately on cards without the one- to two-day delay when passes are bought on taptogo.net.
TAP-TO-GO is a six-month trial program that is beginning this week and will run through Dec. 1. There are two important caveats: at this time, only regular monthly passes are available and you need to use a new, special TAP card from the program to participate. There is no additional cost for the card.
The program is being run by Metro and its contractor mobileAxept. Reminder: Monthly passes are still available at TAP Vending Machines at all Metro Rail and Metro Orange Line stations, Metro Customer Centers and El Monte Station.
How to sign up
1) Text TAPSIGNUP to 28950 or visit taptogo.net to sign up online.
2) If texting, mobileAxept will reply with a link to sign up.
3) Enter your name, mailing address and email address. Participants will be directed to the BlueFin-hosted secure payment site to submit credit/debit card information. Credit/debit cards will not be charged until you receive your card in the mail and load your first pass.
4) Once your information has been validated, mobileAxept will send a text confirming participant has successfully joined the TAP-TO-GO pilot program.
5) Participants receive a special TAP card in the mail within seven to 10 business days, with instructions on how load your first Metro 30-DayPass. Again, you need to use this new card — it’s not possible to sign up using an existing TAP card.
How to reload
•Text TAP30DAY to 28950 to reload your Metro 30-Day Pass. You will receive a reply text message confirming your payment has been received and your card is loaded.
•When it’s time to reload your Metro 30-Day Pass, you will receive a reminder text to reload three days prior to expiration, and if necessary, one day prior to its expiration.
•Avoid paying single ride fares — currently $1.50 rising to $1.75 as early as September — by purchasing your pass before your Metro 30-Day Pass expires.
An FAQ on the TAP-TO-GO program is after the jump.
What is TAP-TO-GO?
TAP-TO-GO is a new 6 month pilot service provided by Metro that allows TAP card holders to purchase Metro 30-Day Passes via text message.
How do I get information about TAP-TO-GO?
Text TAPINFO to the number 28950 and you will be sent a link to access more information, including frequently asked questions and how to sign up.
What are the benefits of TAP-TO-GO?
You will have the added convenience of reloading a Metro 30-Day Pass via text message to your TAP card anytime, anywhere. Your pass will be loaded to your card immediately, so there’s no wait time.
How does it work?
First, text TAPSIGNUP to the number 28950 to receive a link to sign up on your computer or phone. Once your registration is completed, a special TAP-TO-GO card will be mailed to your address in 7-10 business days with instructions on how to load your card via text message.
What passes can I load on my TAP-TO-GO card?
During this pilot, only the Metro 30-Day Pass is available for reload via text message. You may not load other passes or Stored Value on this card.
How do I load and/or reload my pass?
To load and reload your Metro 30-Day Pass, simply text TAP30DAY to 28950. You will receive a confirmation text message thanking you for your purchase. Your pass will be loaded immediately.
Is TAP30DAY case sensitive?
No. You do not have to enter TAP30DAY in all caps. For example, you can enter tap30day or Tap30Day as well.
Are Reduced Fares offered in this pilot?
Reduced Fares are not offered in this pilot.
When does the TAP-TO-GO pilot begin?
TAP-TO-GO will begin June 2, 2014 and end December 1, 2014.
How soon after I reload my Metro 30-Day Pass will it be available on my TAP card?
Once you text TAP30DAY to 28950 and receive confirmation that your credit card has been charged, your pass will be available immediately.
What if I decide to stop using TAP-TO-GO?
To unsubscribe, text STOP to the number 28950 and you will be unregistered for TAP-TO-GO. Once you text STOP, your 30-Day Pass will work until its expiration and will then be deactivated.
What happens if I text STOP accidentally?
If you text STOP accidentally, text HELP to 28950 and you will receive a toll free number to call for assistance. Or you can call mobileAxept directly at 888.500.1997. Once you text STOP your card will be deactivated and you will need to sign up again.
What happens if I need support once I start a transaction?
For technical support, text HELP to the number 28950 and you will be sent a toll free number to call. Or you can call mobileAxept for technical assistance directly at 888.500.1997. For questions regarding TAP, call 866.TAPTOGO.
How much does TAP-TO-GO cost?
Participating in the pilot program is free. The only cost you will incur is the for the Metro 30-Day Pass and your normal text messaging rates.
What if I already have a TAP card?
To participate in TAP-TO-GO, you must use the TAP-TO-GO card that is mailed to you.
Once I purchase a pass, how long before I get a receipt?
Following your text to reload, you will immediately receive a confirmation text that your transaction is complete. If you do not get a receipt, please call mobileAxept directly at 888.500.1997.
Will my personal information and credit/debit card information be secure?
Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant servers protect your personal and financial information used in the registration process. All your information will be secure and if a breach occurs, you will be notified in compliance with California State laws.
Will my personal information be shared or sold?
Your personal information during the sign up process will not be shared or sold.
What if my transaction is declined?
If your transaction is declined, call mobileAxept for technical assistance directly at 888.500.1997.
Will anything be charged to my phone bill?
Your phone bill will only reflect for your normal text messaging rates. Your monthly pass will be deducted from your registered credit/debit card.
What do I do if my billing/card information changes?
To update any of your information, including billing information, phone number, etc., call mobileAxept at 888.500.1997.
How will I know when my pass is going to expire?
A text message alert will be sent to your cell phone 3 days prior to your pass expiration date reminding you to text TAP30DAY to reload. When applicable, you will receive a 2nd reminder 1 day prior to the expiration date.
What happens if I do not load a pass before my previous pass expires?
For each ride between the expiration of your pass and the purchase of a new pass you will be charged the $1.50 Single Ride Fare rate to the credit or debit card provided during the sign up process.
What happens if my card is lost or stolen?
If your card is lost or stolen call 866.TAPTOGO so that a replacement card can be mailed to you. Temporary passes or TAP cards are not available during the pilot program.
-Technical Support: 888.500.1997
-Customer Service: 866.TAPTOGO