Reminder: Metro offering fare discounts as fare collection restarts on Metro buses on Monday, Jan. 10

As we ease into 2022, we wanted to bring everyone up to speed on Metro fares and opportunities for riders to save money!

First things first: fare collection resumes on the Metro bus system on Monday, January 10.

Your fares help keep our system running, the reason we’re restarting front-door only boarding and fare collection on Jan. 10. One note: rear-door boarding will continue on the 720, 754, G Line (Orange) and J Line (Silver), the Metro lines that have all-door boarding.

Some big fare discounts on our low-income fares and regular fares are also being offered to help everyone get where they’re going and save money.

We are offering 6 months of discounted Low Income Fare Is Easy (LIFE) passes.

The prices from Jan. 10 through late July are:

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

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

Additionally, if you sign-up now, new LIFE riders will get 90 days of free rides starting January 10, 2022, when fare collection restarts.

We’re also making it easier for you to apply for LIFE fares.

You can now complete LIFE applications online — here are the links to the English and Spanish  applications.

•All you need is basic info about you and each member of your household applying for a LIFE discount. You can take a photo of each ID with your phone and upload them as part of your application.

•If you have documents showing proof of income, you can easily upload them with your application.

•If you do not have proof of your income, you can self-certify your income on the application.

•If you don’t already have a TAP card, you can now ask for one on the LIFE application for yourself and each household member applying for LIFE discounts.

If you want to pick up or drop off an application at a Metro Customer Center, here are the locations and hours:

Union Station/Gateway Transit Customer Center 

East Portal One Gateway Plaza, LA, CA 90012

Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Customer Center 

3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Ste 189, LA, CA 90008

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

East Los Angeles Customer Center  

4501 Whittier Blvd., LA, CA 90022 

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rosa Parks Customer Center 

Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station 11720 Wilmington Ave., L.A., CA 90059

Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wilshire/Vermont Customer Center  

3183 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 176, LA, CA 90010

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Big Blue Bus’ “Blue: The Transit Store” at 1444 4th Street in Santa Monica is accepting LIFE applications. The store is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday.

Qualifying riders can also mail or email applications to FAME and IILA, two groups working with Metro or drop off applications in person:

Mailing address:
1968 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 870-8567

Mailing address:
3800 La Crescenta Avenue, Suite 209
Glendale, CA 91214
(818) 244-2550

We’re also offering 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 beginning 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, and at Metro Customer Centers and will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 15 until July 20, 2022.

K-12 and community college students can ride for free at participating schools and/or school districts.

Our GoPass pilot program is helping students reach school and other destinations for free — saving families money for other expenses.

Dozens of districts have signed up (including the LAUSD!) To check if your school or district is on the list, click here.

4 replies

  1. “ Your fares help keep our system running”

    – Yet you are one of the last agencies that still kept free fares going throughout this Pandemic and. . .

    – . . . You have yet to raise fares to a standard that would being the farebox recovery ratio to 33% while still advocating for “fareless” transit that has resulted in taxpayer money being used to essentially fund trains as homeless encampments throughout this time that it wasn’t required

    I really hate to be rude, but please pick a side, Metro. You can’t spew “your fares keep our system running” while at the same exact time not bother considering a fare restructure or actively trying to eliminate it altogether.

  2. The day pass should be sold on buses again. Most of us taking buses don’t live near a rail station, or else we would be taking the train instead of the bus. There should also be a minimum to reload cash value onto TAP cards ($5?) to speed up boarding. People can top off with exact cents at ticket vending machines so that it doesn’t hold up the bus for everyone else.

    • When did it stop being sold. Last time I ever needed to buy one (Feb 2020), I was still actually able to purchase a day pass by simply letting the operator know.

      Also, I’ve been in a pickle where I only had a dollar in cash but had the remaining $.75 in TAP so yeah, even just adding $1 can be a huge difference.

      If Metro really wants to discourages just backups, then yeah raise the fare (which I’m all for), and see it suddenly stop.

  3. I would truely like to see metro really enforce the fare payment on ? and ? with stiff penalties.