As of this morning, the average price of a gallon of gas locally is $5.65, according to AAA. Yikes! Until recently, that’s the highest the average gas prices have been since the summer of 2008 — when the California average was about $4.51 a gallon.
We know that many of you may not have ridden Metro in quite some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic — and some of you may never have taken our buses and trains. To help get you started riding, here are some tips:
How can I save money riding Metro?
Metro’s discounted transit passes that allow for unlimited rides are $3.50 for a 1-day pass, $12.50 for a 7-Day pass and $50 for a 30-Day pass.
You can purchase these fares and reloadable TAP fare cards from TAP vending machines, which are located at all Metro Rail, J (Silver) Line and G (Orange) Line stations.
You can also purchase a TAP card:
To pay your fare, just tap your card against the TAP validator when boarding a bus or on the validators at rail and bus rapid transit stations.
If you don’t want to fuss with a plastic TAP card, you can also use your iPhone or Android phone as a TAP card. Download the TAP LA app here for either iPhones or Android phones.
Does Metro have special discounted fares for low-income riders?
Yes! We also have steeply discounted fare passes for low-income riders as part of Metro’s Low Income Fare Is Easy (LIFE) program. A 30-day pass is currently $26 (a savings of $50) and a 7-day pass is $6.50 (a savings of $13). More info and apply online here.
New LIFE riders will get 90 days of free rides on Metro and participating transit systems. After the 90 days of free rides expire, customers can purchase discounted LIFE fares.
What about other fares for older riders and students?
Riders 62 and over can save up to 80 percent on their rides. Click here to learn more.
Metro’s student GoPass allows K to 12 and community college students to ride for free at participating schools and school districts. For more info and to see if your school and/or district offers the GoPass, click here.
How do I plan my transit trip?
Download the Transit app for Android phones or iPhones — the Transit app is Metro’s official app and is easy to use. The app shows you when the next bus or train is arriving at your location and also lets you plan an entire transit trip.
There is also a trip planning tool on metro.net. Both Google Maps and Apple Maps can help you plan transit trips.
If you need help riding or have a question or concern, call 323.GO.METRO.
Where do Metro’s buses and trains go?
Here’s our basic map with our light rail lines (A, C, E and L Lines), subway (B and D Lines) and bus rapid transit lines (G and J Lines). Click to see a larger version.
Below is our current system map with all our bus lines, as well as the rail and bus rapid transit lines. Click on the map to see a larger version.
All of our bus and rail schedules are here — and you can download pdfs of each schedule. We also have regional maps with closer views of bus and rail lines:
Is there parking at stations?
Metro has parking at many of its rail, J Line and G Line stations. Some lots are free, others have paid parking — which helps ensure transit riders can get a space.
Does Metro offer on-demand rides?
Yes! Our Metro Micro service is running in eight zones around the county. It’s only a $1 per ride. All info you need to ride is here. Below is the zone map — the Micro zones are in purple — and a video on how to use our Metro Micro service.
How do I get around by bike?
The Metro Bike Share system makes bikes available for short trips 24/7, 365 days a year in downtown Los Angeles, Central L.A., Hollywood, North Hollywood and on the Westside.
It’s just $1.75 to ride up to 30 minutes, $17 for a 30-day pass and $150 for an annual pass. Many bike share stations are adjacent to bus stops and rail stations — and you can pick up a bike at one docking station and drop it off at another.
All the info you need to ride is here. Below is a map of bike share stations — click on the map to visit an interactive version.
What about COVID-19 — is riding safe?
Metro, like many mobility providers, has been running service continuously throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re taking several steps to keep everyone as safe as can be:
•Riders continue to be required to wear face masks while on the Metro system. It’s a federal mandate that applies to all transit systems across the U.S.
•Metro, like many transit agencies, stepped up cleaning when the pandemic began and we continue to follow protocols from the American Public Transit Association, a group that represents transit agencies across the U.S.
•And Metro, like many employers, has required that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19.
•Metro also encourages everyone to get vaccinated, stay home if not feeling well and to continue to wash their hands often and use hand sanitizer.
What about security while riding Metro?
Metro’s system is patrolled by our own security guards, as well as law enforcement — the Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Police Department.
The real eyes and ears of the system are you. To contact Metro Security about an incident (non-emergency), a safety concern or suspicious activity:
- Call: 888.950.SAFE (7233)
- Text: 213.788.2777
- Use the Transit Watch app for smartphones.
In case of an emergency, always call 911.
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