2022 DISCOUNTED FARES ARE COMING! Find out more about discounted and free rides using the LIFE Program, GoPass and your TAP card

Fare collection resumes on the Metro bus system on January 10. Your fares help keep our system running!

To keep riders and our employees safe, we suspended front door boarding on our buses in March 2020 at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also relaxed our rules requiring riders to use the farebox and TAP validator.

With vaccinations well underway and mask wearing on our system required, we will resume front door boarding only and fare collection on Jan. 10, 2022.

We’re working to make sure everyone knows about these changes well in advance. Some big discounts are also coming to our fares.

Need help paying for your rides? We’re also making it easier for you to apply for our Low-Income Fare Is Easy (LIFE) program and providing deeper discounts.

6 Months of discounted LIFE fares:

$26 for a 30-day pass (regularly $76)

$6.50 for a 7-day pass (regularly $19.50).

Additionally, new LIFE riders will get 90 days of free rides starting January 10, 2022, when fare collection restarts.

6 months of half price passes for all riders: We’re cutting the price of our regular passes in half for all customers to make riding easy and affordable.

We will be offering 1-Day, 7-Day and 30-Day passes at half-price savings that riders can start using on Jan. 10.  That means you will pay only $3.50 for a day pass, $12.50 for a weekly pass and $50 for a 30-day pass if you are not enrolled in a discounted program.

The fares will be available on our TAP vending machines, taptogo.net and at Metro Customer Centers and will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 15 until July 20, 2022.

Meet the Metro Student GoPass:

Our GoPass fareless program for students allows K-12 and community college students at participating schools and/or school districts in L.A. County to obtain passes to ride the Metro System (and participating transit operators) for free through June 30, 2023.

We’ve had significant interest in our GoPass pilot program — more than 40 districts are in the process of signing up. Earlier this month the Los Angeles Unified School District — the largest district in our region — announced they will partner with Metro on this important program. This will help students reach school and other destinations — and save their families money that can be used for other expenses.

To check if your district is on the list, click here.

7 replies

  1. The irony in the tone of the title is hilarious, given that the biggest change isn’t that discounted fares are coming, but rather, free fares are ending. Anyway, what will the policy be on the EZ Transit Pass?

  2. This would be great if Metro bus service was reliable and consistent. I get that the labor shortage is not within Metro’s control, but let’s be honest: front door boarding will slow down buses even more & we aren’t getting a functional service with or without fare collection.

    I’m not against fare collection btw. I just think the fair way to do it is: passengers pay fare in exchange for quality service from the operator. Give us quality service & we should pay

  3. I have a vague recollection that some time, pre-pandemic, there was talk about replacing day passes with daily caps. Is this still in the works?

  4. so if we only are going to board at the back door, is there going to be a tap machine by the back door as we board to pay?

    • Hi Brenda;

      The only bus lines that have TAP validators at the rear doors are the J Line (Silver) and the 720 and 754. Otherwise, you need to board at the front door and use the TAP validator at the farebox.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source