What they do:It is better than the paper passes in many ways. It makes more sense, and is easier to access. But it is unnerving that MTA requires tapping the card, even for in-station train transfers, and threatens citations if you do not. It is faster than swiping a card the way they do in New York City, but slower than flashing a paper pass.
- Give you a satisfying beep every time you board a bus or train (note: it makes the same noise in the train station, but not on the busses, whether or not you have a balance on your card)
- Pay your fare without taking your card out. Just wave your wallet or purse over the TAP station - like magic!
- Stand up to the wear and tear of daily (ab)use, month after month (mine is over a year old)
- Save you from paying for transfers within MTA (because, well, you have to buy an unlimited pass)
- Let you reload your pass online
What they don't do:
- Give you the chance to buy or reload a pass from your bus driver -- train stations are the easiest place to buy passes
- Let you load up the cards with a set amount; you get unlimited passes only good for the day/week/month
- Make life easier for Grammar Girl (people have a tendency to say "TAP Pass" just like "ATM Machine")
- Give you your TAP card for free ($2 please)
- Convince people to pay their subway fare
- Keep monthly riders from getting citations
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tap That Pass
Only slightly thicker than a credit card, the TAP is the daily, monthly and weekly pass - Los Angeles' RFID answer to NYC's Metro Card.