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File #: 2020-0565   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/13/2020 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 9/17/2020 Final action:
Title: RECEIVE AND FILE this report on the evaluation of fare capping for Metro, update on the review of EZ transit pass pricing, and potential changes to the current fare structure.
Sponsors: Executive Management Committee
Indexes: Fare Structure, Motion / Motion Response, Payment, Purchasing, Strategic planning, Students, Testing, Transfers, Transit operators, Transit Pass, Transit System, Zoning
Attachments: 1. Presentation
Related files: 2020-0373, 2020-0355, 2020-0638
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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
Subject
SUBJECT: FARE CAPPING

Action
ACTION: RECEIVE AND FILE

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
RECEIVE AND FILE this report on the evaluation of fare capping for Metro, update on the review of EZ transit pass pricing, and potential changes to the current fare structure.

Issue
ISSUE

As part of a strategy to provide economic relief for customers as Los Angeles County enters the recovery phase of the COVID-19 emergency, staff was instructed in Motion 36 to report back on an implementation plan for a fare capping/best fares system (Item G) and evaluation of EZ transit pass pricing (Item E). Fare capping allows customers who rely on transit and ride frequently to take advantage of transit passes without having to purchase them in advance.

Background
BACKGROUND

TAP serves 27 transit agencies in Los Angeles County, including Access Services. TAP payment offers customers the opportunity to travel seamlessly on local and express lines, and to transfer from one transit agency to another. TAP is flexible and allows partner agencies to set their own fares and fare products, including pricing for transfers and passes. Different rider classifications accommodate seniors, persons with disabilities, and students. TAP also accommodates the Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) Program for eligible customers to automatically receive their discount when purchasing fares.

There are over 750 fare product variations among the TAP partner agencies. Stored Value and EZ transit pass are accepted on virtually all partner agency systems. (Compton Renaissance Transit Systems does not accept EZ transit pass), and interagency transfers are accepted on 19 transit agencies.

Discussion
DISCUSSION

Findings

Fare capping or best fares is a pay-as-you-go system that enables customers to pay for a pass with single trip payments. Instead of purchasing passes upfront, customers simply use their TAP card to pay for each trip wit...

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