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DASH to CLASS - FREE RIDES ON DASH FOR STUDENTS

LADOT Transit will offer free rides on DASH Buses for students in the City of Los Angeles starting from the 2019 school year. All students who qualify and apply for the Student K-12 and or College/Vocational Reduced Fare TAP Card will be able to ride DASH for free - even for non-school related trips.

If you already have a Student Reduced Fare TAP Card, you’re already able to ride DASH for free. Just remember to tap your card when you board!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR K-12

Your school must be located in Los Angeles County to apply. Students who meet the enrollment requirements for a Student Reduced Fare TAP card may apply online, in person, or by mail any time during the current school term. Students and or parents/guardians are encouraged to submit the application online for faster processing times.

Please gather the following required documents before you begin:

  • Proof of Enrollment (provide one of the following)
    • Current report card; OR
    • Current valid school ID;
    • OR Class schedule with the total number of units and/or in-classroom hours;
    • OR Official letter from school verifying enrollment
  • For students under 18, parent/guardian authorization for online application and parent/guardian signature for paper application is required.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR COLLEGE/VOCATIONAL STUDENTS

Your school must be located in Los Angeles County to apply. Students who meet the enrollment requirements for a Student Reduced Fare TAP card may apply online, in person, or by mail any time during the current school term. Students are encouraged to submit the application online for faster processing times.

  1. Current full-face photo
    1. Color photo (no black and white);
    2. No hats or sunglasses;
    3. Upload a digital photo (JPG file format, maximum size 2Mb); OR
      Attach a 2”x2” or 1”x1 ¼” photo to the printed application when applying by mail or in person.
  2. Official photo ID (provide one of the following)
    1. California ID card; OR
    2. California driver’s licence; OR
    3. Passport
  3. Proof of Enrollment (provide one of the following)
    1. Current registration/fee receipt, including the school term, class schedule and units; OR
    2. Printout with official school URL showing enrollment units and/or in-classroom hours. This document must be stamped by the registrar’s office; OR
    3. Current contract or agreement between the applicant and the school stating the total number of units and/or in-classroom hours; OR
    4. Current registration form or enrollment certificate, stating the total number of units and/or in-classroom hours; OR Official letter from school verifying enrollment

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate Students

  • Current Term of 12 units minimum*; OR
  • Current term of 12 hours per week minimum* (for at least 3 consecutive months)

Graduate Students

  • Current term of 8 units minimum*; OR
  • Current term of 8 hours per week minimum* (for at least 3 consecutive months)

*If you are currently enrolled in a summer or winter program that does not meet the minimum requirement for units/hours, but you met the requirement in the preceding spring or summer term, please submit enrollment documentation for both terms.

HOW TO APPLY

TO APPLY ONLINE

*This is the most efficient way to apply for a Student Reduced Fare TAP Card. No postage required and shorter processing time of your application.

  1. Create a TAP account for each student. A valid, unique email address must be associated with each account.
  2. When the account is created, a password link will be emailed to the student’s email address. Follow the link and set a password.
  3. Log in to the student’s TAP account and submit a K-12 Student Reduced Fare TAP card application.
  4. Upon approval of your application, a Student Reduced Fare TAP Card will be mailed to you.

TO SUBMIT IN PERSON

  1. Download the application and fill it out completely.
  2. Gather the necessary eligibility documents.
  3. Return your application and eligibility documents in person by taking it to:
    1. LADOT Customer Service Center:
      1. LADOT Customer Service Center
        201 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
    2. One of four Metro Customer Centers:
      1. Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw:
        3650 W Martin Luther King Blvd, Ste 189, Los Angeles, CA
      2. East LA:
        4501-B Whittier Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
      3. Union Station East:
        One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
      4. Wilshire/Vermont:
        3183 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 174, Los Angeles, CA
  4. Upon approval of your application, a Student Reduced Fare TAP Card will be mailed to you.

TO SUBMIT BY MAIL

  1. Download the application and fill it out completely.
  2. Gather the necessary eligibility documents.
  3. Mail your application and eligibility documents to:
    1. One Gateway Plaza
      Mail Stop 99-PL-4, Los Angeles, CA. 90012-2952
  4. Upon approval of your application, a Student Reduced Fare TAP Card will be mailed to you.

HOW TO USE YOUR REDUCED FARE TAP CARD

THREE WAYS TO USE THE REDUCED FARE TAP CARD

  1. With your Reduced Fare TAP Card, you’re able to ride any DASH Bus, anytime for free!
  2. You can load your Reduced Fare TAP Card with a Metro 30-day pass ($24) to ride Metro bus and rail with reduced fares.
  3. You can even load your Reduced Fare TAP Card with Stored Value to ride across 26 TAP agencies throughout LA County.

FARE

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DASH Fares
RIDER CASH FARE TAP FARE 5 7-DAY DASH PASS 31-DAY DASH PASS FREE WITH THESE PASSES
REGULAR 50¢ 35¢ $5.00 $18.00
  • DASH TO CLASS PROGRAM2
  • U-PASS
  • 31-DAY LADOT PASS
  • EZ TRANSIT PASS
  • METROLINK TICKET OR PASS
  • ACCESS SERVICES ID TAP CARD 7
CHILDREN1 Free
SENIOR/DISABLED/MEDICARE3 25¢ 15¢ $2.50 6 $9.00 6
CITYRIDE PARTICIPANT 4 Free
  1. Children 4 years or younger (maximum of 2 with fare paying adult)
  2. Available to K-12, college, and vocational students. Participants must use a Student or College/Vocational Reduced Fare TAP Card
  3. CASH Fare (with government agency proof of age or disability and photo ID)
  4. Cityride Card must be shown to driver when entering the bus to ride for free
  5. Deducted from TAP stored value; must have LADOT or Metro issued TAP card with Stored Value on card
  6. Sold on Metro-issued Reduced Fare TAP cards only
  7. Free ride for cardholder only; PCA’s must pay appropriate fare