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Fare Card With Art - and a Free Ride

Synthia Tap Card
Hepp, Joy M

yolanda tap card
Hepp, Joy M

To celebrate new funding for the Los Angeles County public transit system and to encourage people to use it, AARP in Los Angeles is providing free, specially designed Metro TAP fare cards with a $1.75 credit to pay for the first ride.

AARP is teaming up with the county transit agency, Metro, to support safe, affordable transportation options for the community.

The reloadable plastic cards will feature designs created by local artists and AARP members Yolanda Gonzalez and Synthia Saint James for the AARP Portraits of Community art project.

“Going Metro allows someone else to do the driving and opens up accessibility and adventures for people of all ages,” said Jessica Meaney, executive director of Investing in Place.

That organization, along with AARP, is working to support transportation investments, public health and environmental benefits.

Only new members or those renewing their membership can get the preloaded TAP cards by responding to special AARP offers. Or they can visit and enter one of the artists’ first names (Yolanda or Synthia) in the promo code space.

The TAP cards will also be available for sale to the general public at five stations beginning March 26: Atlantic, Wilshire/Western, North Hollywood, 7th Street/Metro Center and Culver City. We will be celebrating the launch of these special cards during the CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice open streets event on March 26. Click here for more information on how you can join us:

—Laura Mecoy

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