By: City News Service
Metro bus riders will be asked to resume paying fares on Jan. 10, but Metro will offer half-price passes for six months and even bigger discounts for eligible low-income passengers.
“As our communities are still faced with an unprecedented health pandemic that racial and economic inequalities have further exacerbated, providing financial relief with fare discounts to riders is critical,’’ said Metro Board Chair and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
“Discounted fares represent our best effort to support low-income riders who depend on public transit.’’
Discounted passes will go on sale in December, and the following promotional fares will be available through July 2022:
— $3.50 for a Day Pass;
— $12.50 for a Weekly Pass; and
— $50 for a 30-Day Pass.
Riders who enroll in a regional transportation assistance program called Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) at www.metro.net/life will get 90 days of free rides and can then purchase even cheaper LIFE passes:
— $26 for a 30-day pass that normally costs $76; and
— $6.50 for a 7-Day pass that normally costs $19.50.
Metro officials say the LIFE application process has been streamlined and that forms take only a few minutes to complete with basic information on applicants and other household members.
Applicants can take photos of IDs with their phone, upload the images and email the information to Metro. Income can be self-certified if proof is unavailable.
Riders who live in the Antelope Valley, Central Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, South Bay or Westside Cities can email their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riders who live in the Gateway Cities or San Gabriel Valley can email their applications to email@example.com.
Residents can also drop off applications to any Metro Customer Care Center in Los Angeles County.
Discounted fares will be available on Metro TAP vending machines, taptogo.net and at Metro Customer Centers. Metro will also be holding dozens of pop-up events at busy transit stations and community events. Staff will be onsite to help people sign up for LIFE fares.
Visit www.metro.net/fares for more details.