UCLA transit pass holders have been able to ride the bus with just the tap of a card. As of July 1, those without a pass can experience the same convenience by paying discounted fare on a TAP card.

The co-pay option allows UCLA students and employees who aren’t regular transit riders to ride at a subsidized rate on Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus. Heres how to take advantage of the discount:

  1. Purchase the co-pay online for $2
    • If purchasing a new UCLA TAP card, select whether you would like to pick up your TAP card or have it mailed to you
    • If you have an existing UCLA TAP card, the co-pay will be ready for use within four business days. To begin using it immediately, bring your TAP card to the UCLA Transportation lobby or the Central Ticket Office
  2. Load funds to your card at the Central Ticket Office, a TAP vendor location, or by calling 1-866-TAPTOGO (1-866-827-8646)
  3. TAP your card when you board and ride for $0.70

Funds loaded by phone will take two to three business days to be available, and funds cannot be loaded online at this time. Also riders without a TAP card can pay a discounted fare of $0.80 after swiping their BruinCard (on the Big Blue Bus) or showing their card to the driver (on Culver CityBus).

More frequent riders should consider a BruinGO! Flash Pass good for unlimited rides on Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus. Eligible students and employees can even try it free for a quarter with the Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit.

For more information about the new transit co-pay rates, please click here.