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Android phones can now be used as TAP cards

Friday January 29, 2021

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today launched the regional TAP transit smartcard on Android phones. The TAP app is a safe and contactless way to pay transit fare on Metro and 25 additional TAP transit agencies in L.A. County. This Android release follows the iPhone and Apple Watch launch of last September.

"We have to eliminate barriers between our transportation system and our essential workers, front line heroes, hard-hit households, and Angelenos from every zip code. This is always important, but even more critical in this current crisis," said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. "Extending the new mobile TAP app to Android phones will put the power to pay fares in the hands of more riders — tapping into our city’s innovative spirit to bring greater safety, equity, sustainability, and convenience to riders, drivers, transit operators, and anyone boarding our buses and trains."

"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the TAP app on Android is a great option for essential workers, honors social distancing with no bus operator interaction needed by the rider and works on all TAP participating agencies, whether riders board at the front or at rear doors," said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington.

Users can now pay their fare with their Android phone, iPhone, or Apple Watch for safe and easy contactless fare payment. It’s easy to use, just hold your phone near the TAP reader for quick fare validation –in seconds. There is no need to use Face ID, Touch ID or wake the device. Riders can also download the TAP app to purchase reduced fare and low income passes as well as Stored Value options and Metro Bike Share. Fare is available immediately after purchase on your phone. Download the TAP LA app on Google Play or the App Store.

Metro worked with Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. to produce this state-of-the-art mobile application, which brings together virtual fare payment, TAP card management, trip-finding, multimodal program information and more, in one easy-to-use app.

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is currently providing lifeline service for essential trips and frontline workers. Metro continues building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan.

Metro has proudly pledged to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Health and Safety Commitment Program to help ensure the safe return of transit riders as the U.S. recovers from the  COVID-19 pandemic.

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