Transitions across all transit agencies in L.A. County require TAP card beginning July 15

Praise the Transit Gods: Long Beach Transit will join every other transit agency in the county, including Metro Los Angeles, in requiring all interagency transfers to be on TAP cards starting Sunday, July 15.

Rather than having to request transfers and handle cash on board, all transiters have to do is simply tap their TAP card on the next train or bus they hop into within two-and-a-half hours after leaving their previous form of transit. The transfer cost will be automatically deducted from the stored value balance on their TAP card.

“To enhance the customer experience, Long Beach Transit and other L.A. County transit agencies are requiring that all transfers are made with a TAP card,” Long Beach Transit’s President and CEO Kenneth A. McDonald said in a prepared statement. “This is a big change for our customers and will eliminate wasteful paper transfers.”

Unfortunately, the program has not been implemented with the Orange County Transportation Agency; transfers to Orange County will still be purchased onboard a Long Beach Transit bus.

(Fun fact: the LAX Flyaway Shuttle also accepts TAP cards—and you’ll receive a dollar off your fare if you use it.)

McDonald assured that those with questions will be able to have access to answers as Long Beach Transit will have extra staff on board at the transit mall at 1st and Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach.

TAP cards can be purchased and loaded with value at Long Beach Transit’s Transit and Visitor Information Center on the southeast corner of 1st and Pine Avenue or any vendor selling TAP products.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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