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LIFE

Changes are coming to LIFE!

The Low Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) program provides monthly fare subsidy benefits to eligible riders for transit pass purchases. Watch this video to learn how LIFE has become easier to use!


How It Works

  • Qualifying customers must re-enroll once a year.
  • To redeem LIFE subsidies, you can take your LIFE-registered TAP card to Blue: The Transit Store, any TAP vendor or visit taptogo.net to load your fare option.
  • Eligible riders include adult Regular riders, Senior/Disabled/Medicare (S/D/M), K-12 students, and College/Vocational students who are pre-qualified by a participating community-based agency.Reduced-Fare customers (i.e. S/D/M, K-12 students, and College/Vocations students) need to present a reduced-fare TAP card. To apply for a reduced-fare TAP card, visit taptogo.net/reducedfares.
  • Because EZ transit passes are available for advanced purchase (i.e. May passes go on sale April 25), LIFE benefits must be used to buy an EZ pass for the same month as the pass (i.e. a May benefit can only be used to purchase a May EZ transit pass).
  • Helpful tip: Register your TAP card for balance protection (additional step)

What can I buy with my LIFE subsidy?

A purchase made using your LIFE subsidy must equal or exceed the benefit's value. Starting July 1, 2019, you can choose to purchase or load one of the following options each month on your LIFE-registered TAP card:

LIFE Subsidy Rider Category

Subsidies can be used to buy discounted passes or load a 20-Ride Regional Pass

Cost of pass after subsidy Coupons cannot be used to buy

Regular Rider

Regular 7-Day Pass (up to 4 per month – New!
30-Day Pass EZ Transit Pass OR 
FREE 20-Ride Regional Pass*- New!

Regular 7-Day Pass - $8 (per pass)
30-Day Pass - $26
EZ Transit Pass - $86
Regular Day Pass
13 Rides Pass
Stored Value on TAP

Student K-12

Regular 7-Day Pass (1 per month) 
Regular 13 Rides Pass 30-Day Youth Pass EZ Transit Pass OR 
FREE 20-Ride Regional Pass*- New!

Regular 7-Day Pass - $4  
Regular 13-Rides Pass - $4 
30-Day Youth Pass - $9
EZ Transit Pass - $100
Regular Day Pass
Stored Value on TAP

College/Vocational

Regular 7-Day Pass (1 per month) 
Regular 13 Rides Pass OR
Regular 30-Day Pass EZ Transit Pass

Regular 7-Day Pass - $1 
Regular 13-Rides Pass - $1
30-Day Pass - $37**
EZ Transit Pass - $97
Regular Day Pass
Stored Value on TAP 

Senior/Disabled/Medicare

Regular 7-Day Pass (1 per month)
S/D/M 30-Day Pass S/D/M EZ Transit Pass OR
FREE 20-Ride Regional Pass -New!

Regular 7-Day Pass - $6  
S/D/M 30-Day Pass - $16
S/D/M EZ Transit Pass - $34
S/D/M Day Pass
S/D/M 13 Rides Pass
Stored Value on TAP

*20-Ride Regional Pass can be used for travel on Big Blue Bus, Metro Bus and Rail, and any other TAP-participating agency.
**College/Vocational Students, including those enrolled at Santa Monica College, UCLA, and Loyola Marymount University, may enjoy a greater discount through the purchase of U-Passes from their schools. Visit your school's website for more details.

Eligibility Guidelines

LIFE coupons are available to Los Angeles County residents whose household income levels meet the following Federal HUD guidelines: 

Current Household/Maximum Annual Income  

1 person/$36,550 4 people/$52,200
2 people/$41,800 5 people/$56,400
3 people/$47,000 6 people/$60,600

Children over 5 years old whose parents qualify are automatically also eligible to receive LIFE benefits.

Note: Residents of incorporated cities in Los Angeles County, K-12 students, and College/Vocational students already receiving subsidies for LA Metro transportation passes are not eligible to receive the LIFE fare benefitt subsidy.

Types of Subsidies

Coupon Category

Current Value

Regular Rider

$24

Student K-12

$10

College/Vocational

$13

Senior/Disabled/Medicare

$8

How to Apply 

  1. Contact FAME Assistance Corporation to begin the application process. They will help you locate a local agency that can accept your application.
  1. Submit your application in person by contacting the local agency of your choice. Be sure to ask about distribution days and hours, if an appointment is necessary, and if there are any additional requirements (each agency is different).
  2. Be sure to bring the following required items to your local agency:
    • Valid government-issued picture identification
    • Proof of income (i.e. check stub, Medi-Cal, Lifeline, public benefit card, tax return or free/reduced lunch)
    • Valid TAP card (New!) -  this become your LIFE-registered TAP card.
    • Email address (optional; for update purposes only)

Local Agency

West Los Angeles Family Source/Latino Resource Organization 

1645 Corinth Ave. #112
Los Angeles, CA 90025
 
424-293-8297

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm; Friday 9am - 5pm (enrollment on Monday and Wednesdays only)
Note: Open to City of Los Angeles residents only. 

Where to Buy Passes

Beginning July 1, 2019, LIFE is transitioning to TAP and you will be able to load your discounted pass at:

Request More Information

To find out more about the LIFE program, please call 213-922-2378 or fill out the following form and someone will contact you shortly.