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LOS ANGELES — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will resume charging fares to bus riders in January, but 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 MTA 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.”
The MTA will again charge fares to riders beginning Jan. 10. Discounted passes will go on sale in December, and promotional fares will be available through July.
The promotional fares include day passes for $3.50, weekly passes for $12.50 and 30-day passes for $50.
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 that include $26 for a 30-day pass that normally costs $76; and $6.50 for a seven-day pass that normally costs $19.50.
MTA 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 the MTA. Income can be self-certified if proo 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 email@example.com.
Riders who live in Southeast Los County or the San Gabriel Valley can email their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents can also drop off applications to any MTA Customer Care Center in Los Angeles County.
Discounted fares will be available on TAP vending machines, taptogo.net and at MTA customer centers. The MTA also will 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.
“We’re making it as easy as possible to help everyone save money on fares, because a little help these days can go a long way,” MTA CEO Stephanie Wiggins said. “The LIFE program and half-off fares can help all our riders tap into savings when riding transit in our region.”
The MTA reminds all riders that face masks are required on public transit, per federal law.
It also reminds residents that it is hiring more than 500 bus operators and offering a $1,000 signing bonus for jobs that pay competitive hourly rates starting at $17.75 for part-time bus operators. Benefits include health insurance, tuition reimbursements, paid training, retirement plan options and part-time flexible hours.