Monday August 01, 2011
With gas prices staying stubbornly high - around $4 a gallon - and the local and national economy still facing tough times, the Metro Board of Directors voted to lower the cost of Metro day passes from $6 to $5 at its regular board meeting on May 26.
The lower price begins today, Monday, Aug. 1, with Metro customers now able to buy the $5 day pass at Metro ticket machines at rail stations and at Metro Orange Line stations and when boarding Metro buses.
Customers can load the day passes on a TAP card. Those who don't already have a TAP card will need to buy one. The cards are $2 from ticket machines and $1 aboard the bus - plus, of course, the $5 cost of the day pass. TheTAP cards are reusable.
Customers will be able to load day passes onto their TAP cards at Metro customer service centers and other retail outlets that sell TAP beginning next Monday, Aug. 8.
The new program is part of a one-year test to determine whether the price roll back and convenience changes will encourage more commuters to try the Metro system.
TAP smart cards can be purchased at 22 ticket vending machines, at approximately 450 Metro pass sales outlets throughout Los Angeles County and at four Metro Customer Service Centers. As a convenience for those who do already have a TAP card, regular TAP cards are now available for purchase with a Day Pass when boarding Metro buses.
The Metro Day Pass was introduced in 2004 as a replacement for transfers. It proved immediately popular. In 2009, customers began loading Day Passes onto their TAP smart cards. It wasn't until 2010, as Metro was fighting a multi-million dollar budget deficit, that the Day Pass price rose from $5 to $6. At that time, the price of the $1.80 Senior/Disabled Day Pass was not increased. It therefore will not experience a price rollback.
ONLINE: More info on the TAP smart card at taptogo.net.