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Discounted One-Way Fare & New Annual Pass Available on TAP!
October 25, 2017

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Big Blue Bus has introduced the following fare changes to help speed up travel time and provide more convenient, cost-effective, and flexible options for paying your Big Blue Bus fare:

  • Discounted Regular, one-way fare price  for TAP Card users, from $1.25 to $1.10
  • New Regular Big Blue Bus Annual Pass for $500

Please note:

  • No changes to Senior/Disabled/Medicare cash fares and passes
  • All other pass prices remain the same Discounted Fares on TAP

Discounted Fares on TAP

Big Blue Bus customers purchasing a Regular, one-way fare using a TAP Card loaded with Stored Value will enjoy a new base fare price of $1.10 - that's a $0.15 savings per trip! Cash users will continue to pay the regular $1.25 rate.

TAP Tip: Rapid 10 customers can save up to $0.30 per trip, when paying both the base fare and upgrade fee on TAP, for a total of $2.20. Please note that two separate TAP Cards loaded with Stored Value each are required to complete this transaction.

What is TAP?

TAP is a durable, reloadable card that can be used for seamless travel throughout LA County. It replaces the need to carry cash or coins to pay your bus fare, by allowing you to electronically load the card with Stored Value or an EZ transit pass, which can be used on any regional transit agency. Additionally, all Regular Big Blue Bus passes (Day Pass, 7-Day Pass, 13 Rides Pass, 30-Day Pass, and 30-Day Rapid 10 Express Pass) are available on TAP.

How to Purchase Fares on TAP

TAP Cards are available for purchase for a one-time fee of up to $2. Cards can be reloaded online (, by phone (1.866.TAPTOGO), in-person at Blue: The Transit Store (1444 4th Street, Santa Monica), Ticket Vending Machines at any Metro Rail Station, or at TAP vendor locations in LA County.

How TAP Works on Big Blue Bus

To use TAP on Big Blue Bus, your card must be pre-loaded with Stored Value, a Big Blue Bus pass, or an EZ transit pass. When boarding the bus, simply tap your card on the bus validator. A positive "beep" and "GO" message means that you've successfully paid your fare, and you may proceed to board the bus. It's that easy!

To learn more about buying and loading your Big Blue Bus fare on TAP, visit:

Unlimited Rides for 365 Days with the NEW Big Blue Bus Annual Pass

Get unlimited rides on Big Blue Bus for one (1) year, with our new $500 Annual Pass! The convenient pass is ideal for monthly pass customers, who can now save up to $100 annually - that's two months free! The pass is valid for Regular Local and Rapid 10 Express service, and is only available on TAP.

TAP Tip: Sign up for Balance Protection on Should your TAP Card be lost or stolen, any unused balance will be returned to you on a new card.

With discounted single-ride fares on TAP, and the introduction of our new Annual Pass, it's never been easier or more affordable to choose Big Blue Bus. We thank you for being a valuable customer, and hope to see you on-board soon!