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Special Events

Below are tips for Riding Metro for special events with large crowds, please also see our tips for Going Metro on Game Day .

1. Buy your TAP card ahead of time

How to get a TAP card?

  • There are TAP card vending machines in every Metro Rail station, all Orange Line busway stations and El Monte Station. They accept cash, debit cards and credit cards. Fares purchased can be used immediately.
  • You can buy one online at or by calling 866-827-8646. Please allow seven to 10 business days for delivery.
  • Visit a TAP vendor — there are about 400 around L.A. County.
    Find a location near you
  • Visit a Metro Customer Service Center.
    Find a location near you

2. Load fare on your TAP card in advance

The cards cost $2. We recommend putting at least $3.50 in stored value on the card, which is enough for a roundtrip ride (a one-way trip is $1.75 and includes two hours of free transfers).

3. Get to your stop or station early