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Low-income riders can ride for less

The Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) program provides transportation assistance to low-income individuals in Los Angeles County. LIFE offers fare subsidies that may be applied toward the purchase of Metro or any LIFE participating transit agencies or free regional ride options. LIFE benefits are applied toward reduced fare TAP cards as well. Once enrolled, you can load LIFE benefits onto your TAP card at any participating vendor.

LIFE monthly savings:

LA Metro
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 24.00 $ 76.00
Regular 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $  6.00 $ 19.00
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $  8.00 $ 12.00
College/Vocational 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 13.00 $ 30.00
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 10.00 $ 14.00
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $ 24.00 $ 86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  8.00 $ 34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $        -

Eligibility guidelines

Adult riders, Senior/Disabled, K-12 grade students and full time College/Vocational students are eligible if their incomes are:

Household size Annual income
1 $36,550 or less
2 $41,800 or less
3 $47,000 or less
4 $52,200 or less
5 $56,400 or less
6 $60,600 or less

Individuals under the age of 18 whose parents qualify are automatically eligible to receive LIFE subsidies.

Individuals who receive transportation subsidies from city/county schools, employers or have an ACCESS or U_PASS card are not eligible to participate in the LIFE.

LIFE participating transit agencies

LA Metro
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 24.00 $ 76.00
Regular 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $  6.00 $ 19.00
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $  8.00 $ 12.00
College/Vocational 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 13.00 $ 30.00
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 10.00 $ 14.00
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $ 24.00 $ 86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  8.00 $ 34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $                     -
AVTA
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 24.00 $ 26.00
Regular 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $  6.00 $ 9.00
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $  8.00 $ 17.00
Senior/Disabled 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $  2.00 $ 5.50
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  24.00 $ 86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  8.00 $ 34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $                     -
Culver City Bus
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $ 24.00 $ 86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  8.00 $ 34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $                     -
Foothill Transit
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 24.00 $ 36.00
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $ 8.00 $ 22.00
College/Vocational 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 13.00 $ 27.00
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 10.00 $  30.00
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $ 24.00 $ 86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $ 8.00 $  34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $    -
GTrans
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $ 24.00 $ 86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  8.00 $ 34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $       -
LADOT Transit
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $ 18.00 $      -
Regular 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $   5.00 $      -
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $   8.00 $   1.00
Senior/Disabled 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $    2.00 $   0.50
College/Vocational 30-Day/Monthly Pass $   9.00 $     -
College/Vocational 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $  2.25 $    0.25
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $   9.00 $       -
Student K-12 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $   2.25 $  0.25
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $   24.00 $   86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $   8.00 $   34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $          -
Long Beach Transit
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $   24.00 $  41.00
Regular 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $     6.00 $  12.00
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $    8.00 $   16.00
Senior/Disabled 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $     2.00 $     7.00
College/Vocational 30-Day/Monthly Pass $   13.00 $   27.00
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $  10.00 $   30.00
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $   24.00 $  86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $     8.00 $ 34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $                     -
Montebello Bus Lines
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $   10.00 $   20.00
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $    24.00 $   86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  8.00 $    34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $                     -
Norwalk Transit
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $    24.00 $   86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $      8.00 $   34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $                     -
Pasadena Transit
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $     15.00 $        -
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $     7.00 $       -
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $      10.00 $       -
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $      24.00 $  86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $     8.00 $  34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $      -
Santa Clarita Transit
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $    24.00 $  10.00
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $        - $     -
College/Vocational 30-Day/Monthly Pass $  13.00 $   21.00
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $   10.00 $    24.00
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $   24.00 $   86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $   8.00 $   34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $          -
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $   24.00 $   26.00
Regular 7-Day/Weekly Pass (up to four/mo) $    6.00 $   8.00
Senior/Disabled 30-Day Monthly Pass $   8.00 $   16.00
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  24.00 $   86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $   8.00 $  34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $                     -
Torrance Transit
Fare Type LIFE Subsidy Final Cost
Pass Option
Regular 30-Day/Monthly Pass $    24.00 $ 11.00
College/Vocational 30-Day/Monthly Pass $    13.00 $ 17.00
Student K-12 30-Day/Monthly Pass $   8.00 $ 22.00
Regular EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $  24.00 $ 86.00
Senior/Disabled EZ Transit Pass (base fare) $    8.00 $ 34.00
Ride Option
20 Regional Rides: Base Fare Only. Interagency transfers are additional cost Free for LIFE Participants $     -

Individuals under the age of 18 whose parents qualify are automatically eligible to receive LIFE subsidies.

Individuals who receive transportation subsidies from city/county schools, employers or have an ACCESS or U_PASS card are not eligible to participate in the LIFE.


How to Get Started

Step one, locate an enrollment site

Step two, visit to enroll

Be sure to bring all the following to your agency:

  • Government-issued picture ID
  • Proof of income (check-stub, Medi-Cal, EBT, Social Security Award or tax return)
  • Valid TAP card
  • Email address or phone number

Step three, load LIFE subsidy

Load LIFE subsidies on your TAP card by:

  • visiting any TAP vendor
  • purchasing online at taptogo.net, or
  • purchasing by phone at 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646).

Call 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646) or visit taptogo.net/vendors to find the TAP vendors nearest to you.

Use your LIFE subsidies towards the purchase of a Metro 7-Day, 30-Day Pass or a 20-Regional Ride option valid on any one of the participating transit agencies.

Contact your administrator

If you live in:

Antelope Valley

Acton, Lancaster, Littlerock, Llano, Palmdale, Pearblossom, Valyermo

Central Los Angeles

Baldwin Hills, Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Echo Park, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, Koreatown, Ladera Heights, Leimert Park, Los Angeles, Los Feliz, Mid-City, Mt. Washington, Silver Lake, South Los Angeles, West Adams, Westlake, Wilshire Center

Gateway Cities

Artesia, Carson, Compton, Florence, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Watts, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Cudahy, Downey, Huntington Park, La Mirada, Lynwood, Maywood, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South Gate, Whittier

San Fernando Valley

Agoura Hills, Atwater Village, Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Canyon Country, Chatsworth, Encino, Glendale, Granada Hills, Griffith Park, La Crescenta, Mission Hills, Montrose, North Hills, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Reseda, San Fernando, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Tarzana, Topanga, Tujunga, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Verdugo City, West Hills, Winnetka, Woodland Hills, North Hollywood

Santa Clarita Valley

Castaic, Lake Hughes, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia

South Bay

Southeast Los Angeles, El Segundo, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Torrance, Westchester, Wilmington

Westside

Beverly Hills, Culver City, Marina del Rey, Mid-City West, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Santa Monica, Venice, West Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades

Contact:
FAME Assistance Corporation (FAC)
323.870.8567
lifeinfo@famecorporations.org
famecorporations.org

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If you live in:

Gateway Cities

Artesia, Carson, Compton, Florence, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Watts, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Cudahy, Downey, Huntington Park, La Mirada, Lynwood, Maywood, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South Gate, Whittier

San Gabriel Valley

Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, Duarte, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles, El Monte, El Sereno, Glassell Park, Glendora, Hacienda Heights, Highland Park, La Cañada Flintridge, La Puente, La Verne, Lincoln Heights, Monrovia, Montebello, Montecito Heights, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Pomona, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South El Monte, South Pasadena, Temple City, Walnut, West Covina

Contact:

International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA)
818.224.2550
lifeinfo@iilosangeles.org
iilosangeles.org


To load LIFE subsidies on your TAP card you can visit any TAP vendor, purchase online at taptogo.net or purchase by phone at 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646).

Call 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646) or visit taptogo.net/vendors to find the TAP vendors nearest to you.

Use your LIFE subsidies towards the purchase of a Metro 7-Day, 30-Day Pass or a 20-Regional Ride option valid on any one of the participating transit agencies.


Application approval will be made on-site at enrollment events with the presentation of the following documents:

  • Government-issued picture ID
  • Proof of income (check stub, Medi-Cal, EBT, Social Security Award or tax return.)
  • Valid TAP card
  • Email address or phone number

For additional enrollment opportunities, click here .