Pics: Older Adult Transportation Expo today at Union Station

Important links: info on senior fares is here. With a senior/disabled/Medicare TAP card — available to those 62 and older — a regular fare is 75 cents per ride on Metro or 35 cents during off-peak times (9am – 3pm and 7pm – 5am). For passes, the prices currently are:

Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Pass – $20
Senior/Disabled/Medicare Day Pass – $2.50
Senior/Disabled/Medicare EZ transit pass – $42
Senior/Disabled/Medicare EZ Premium Stamp – $9.50 per zone

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Nearly 300 attended Metro’s milestone 1st Annual Older Adult Transportation Expo today to learn about discounted fares and special programs to make mobility more accessible to seniors.

More than 20 organizations and services were on hand to answer questions and provide instruction on tools available for navigating Los Angeles without a car.

“Improving mobility is important to our region but it’s particularly important to those who may be wondering about a future in which they can no longer drive,” said Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker. “At Metro, we’re on your side. We believe it’s essential that you be able to get around.”

More than 20 organizations and services with the potential to solve mobility problems for older adults were represented. Among them were Access Services and CARE, the Accessibility Unit of Metro’s Office of Civil Rights, the Rider Relief Transportation Program, LADOT, Metrolink, Foothill Transit, Big Blue Bus, Bolt Bus, Long Beach Transit, Amtrak and Pasadena Transit.

AARP also was there to talk about how that organization can assist Metro riders, as well as the genesis of an AARP art-wrapped rail car, which was designed by a world famous artist and is now running on the Metro Expo Line.

Metro’s new Mobile Customer Center – which travels L.A. County to take Metro cards and services to underserved areas — was parked nearby so that participants could sign up for discounted fares for older adults. 

Representatives of Metro’s newly expanded On the Move Riders Club were available to explain the program that teaches older adults how to explore Los Angeles via Metro and other public transit, as well as how to establish a club.

“At Metro we are committed to keeping fares low for older adults,” said Metro Board Chair John Fasana. “We are committed to making it easier for you to get from Point A to Point B. And we are committed to delivering more transit options to all of our county … and all of our residents.”

4 replies

  1. I’m really looking forward to my senior tap card!

    A couple of weeks ago, the wife and I spent the weekend in San Fransisco. We were really happy with Muni. They really make it unnecessary to have a car in the city. The bus drivers insisted on giving us senior fares. If you missed a bus, no problem, there was another one in 8 minutes.

    And of course, BART goes directly to SFO. The difference was like night and day between SFO and LAX. It would behoove Metro to emulate them in some ways.

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  3. There is only one elevator connects to the Gold Line platform. It makes it very difficult for the elderly and the disabled to the stairs to get up there. Can Metro convert the stairs to a ram to make life easier to the public?

  4. I think you need to streamline those fare machines for the elderly. You have so many buttons there couldn’t you allocate a special button to start the process for the senior citizen crowd.