TAP cards to replace tokens on L.A. Metro

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Frequent Metro riders should search their couches, pockets and spare change stashes. Officials with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday tokens won’t be accepted on Metro past Nov. 29.

The transition to universal use of TAP cards has been planned over the past 18 months. As of Nov. 30, tokens will no longer be accepted as fare payment on Metro buses and trains, and unused tokens are not refundable.

Tokens have been unavailable for purchase since May 2018, but tokens can still be used to load one-way trips onto TAP cards, either onboard buses or at TAP machines located at all Metro Rail, Silver Line and Orange Line stations.

Metro officials said they are working closely with nonprofit and social service agencies to transition individuals and families in need to TAP cards.

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