Fare capping comes to LA Metro

Cubic Transportation Systems provides the technology for daily and weekly limits
Classification & Data Collection / July 25, 2023
By Adam Hill
Fare capping public transit Los Angeles © ITS International | Adam Hill
Daily fare cap is $5; weekly is $18 (© ITS International | Adam Hill)

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has launched fare capping using Cubic Transportation Systems’ technology. 

Riders can now use their Tap card to pay per ride until they hit a daily fare cap of $5 or a seven-day fare cap of $18 - it is free to use for the remainder of those respective periods when the limits are reached. 

Customers can pre-load Tap or the mobile app and pay as they go acrosss bus, rail and Metro Micro, rather than buying passes up front. 

Tap links 26 transit agencies across the Los Angeles area and Metro says there are over 25 million active accounts across the network. 

“Cubic’s long-standing partnership with Metro has been a collaborative effort from the very beginning, focused on bringing simpler journeys and ways to pay – as well as a better overall rider experience – to the people of Los Angeles,” said Matt Newsome, SVP and GM, Cubic Transportation Systems. 

Fare capping "will not only provide financial relief but drive equity and encourage public transportation adoption in the region", he added.

Los Angeles will host matches at the 2026 FIFA World Cup and is host for the 2028 Summer Olympics and says fare capping "will make transit the most affordable and sustainable option for attendees", thus helping to reduce congestion.

Metro sr. executive officer David Sutton said the agency was "eager to see how this latest innovation will attract more customers to our transit system and incentivise our cash customers to try Tap"

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