The last day to purchase a TAP Pass is September 18, 2014. This is also the last day to receive a refund on purchased but still unactivated TAP Passes. If you already purchased a pass, you can pick up or reload it any time during the semester.
USC GSG's TAP Program
Please read ALL of the information below before purchasing or contacting GSG. If you need help or have questions, DO NOT contact USC Transportation regarding this program. Instead, contact the Graduate Student Government through the "Contact" button in the menu on the top of this page, or reach out to the administrator of the program, the GSG Director of Campus Affairs, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
We have closed online sales. You can purchase a pass by bringing $90 (for a new card) or $85 (if you already have a USC-branded TAP card) in CASH OR CHECK ONLY, no debit or credit cards are accepted, to either of the following offices:
On UPC campus - GSG Office in the Tutor Campus Center, Room 224 from 10:00am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday.
On HSC campus - Seaver Room 101A (between the Seaver elevator and Starbucks) from 12:00pm-1:00pm Monday through Thursday and10:00am-11:00am on Friday.
USC’s Graduate Student Government (GSG), in partnership with USC Transportation and Los Angeles County Metro, is proud to offer a discounted Metro TAP (Transit Access Pass) card to all full-time fee-paying graduate and professional degree students; the “TAP Program.”
The TAP Program grants 24 hour, 7 days/week access to all Metro Bus and Rail, Metro Rapid, and Metro Liner services.
The Fall 2014 semester TAP Pass is active from Monday August 25th, 2014 at 12:01am through Sunday January 11th, 2015 at 11:59pm. The Spring semester dates will be announced later this year.
The cost of a new card is $90 and the cost of renewal if you already have a card is $85.
Fall 2014 Purchase Information
TAP Passes go on sale at 9:00am PST on August 11th, 2014.
After your purchase has been processed (usually within 3 days), you will receive an email telling you that your TAP card is available for pick-up. Pick-ups begin August 13th at UPC and August 18th at HSC.
You can pick up or reload your TAP card at either UPC or HSC campus. You must bring your student ID with you in order to pick-up or reload your card.
- On UPC campus, students can claim their cards in the GSG Office in the Tutor Campus Center, Room 224 from 10:00am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday starting Wednesday, August 13th.
- On HSC campus, students can claim their cards in the Seaver Room 101A (between the Seaver elevator and Starbucks) from 12:00pm-1:00pm Monday through Thursday and 10:00am-11:00 on Friday starting Monday, August 18th.
If you can't make it to campus during the above pick-up times, contact email@example.com to schedule an alternate time to pick up at UPC, and firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an alternate time to pick up at HSC. You can also ask a friend to pick-up/reload your card. Provide them with a note stating your name, their name, and your student ID number (and the friend should bring your old card if it’s being reloaded).
The TAP program is available to all full-time graduate students who have enrolled for the upcoming semester and paid the USC Student Programming Fee.
Refunds will only be offered to students who purchased a TAP Pass but have yet to pick it up or have it activated. The last day for these refunds is September 18th, 2014. After that date, no refunds will be honored even if you never pick-up or activate your TAP Pass for the semester. Please email email@example.com by the end of the day on September 18th to request a refund. Include your name and student ID number.
Why purchase a TAP Card?
This program offers students the opportunity to travel to campus and explore Los Angeles in a cheap and environmentally friendly fashion, without having to worry about gas, car maintenance or parking.
Can I re-use my TAP Card?
These specially designed Trojan-themed cards are reusable for each semester and can be filled with a regular Metro single ride, day, or monthly pass if not being used for a GSG semester-long Pass.
Where can I use the USC TAP card?
The USC GSG TAP Program is only for use on Metro buses and trains. This includes the Metro Rapid bus lines, the Red, Blue, Green, Gold and Expo rail lines, as well as regular Metro buses (including Zones 1 and 2).
The pass is not valid on non-Metro transit services, such as Metrolink or the LADOT transit which includes DASH and Commuter Express. It currently does not cover transit run by some L.A. County municipalities, such as Santa Monica or Culver City.
Is this program available to recent graduates?
No. The pass is available only for current, full-time, fee-paying USC graduate students.
What constitutes “full-time”?
USC’s TAP Pass is available for all students who qualify as full-time according to USC’s guidelines for their individual program.
Is this program available to online Virtual Academic Center (VAC) students?
VAC students are not eligible to purchase a discounted USC GSG TAP Pass because they do not pay the Student Programming Fee, which is used to subsidize the cost of the TAP Passes.
What if I'm not eligible for a USC TAP Pass?
You still may be eligible for a reduced-fare Metro TAP card through Metro themselves. They have discounts for senior citizens, students, and people with disabilities. Check out the requirements and application instructions at: http://www.taptogo.net/reducedfare.php
How much can I save with this program?
That depends on how often you ride and how you pay for your Metro fare. Compared to Metro’s 30-day reduced-fare student pass ($36/month), you can save at least $90 over the nineteen-week period. Compared to purchasing one-way tickets individually, you will save money after 20 one-way trips. In other words, if you take Metro at least slightly more often than twice a week (i.e., one round trip per week), you will save money over the nineteen-week period.
I lost my card. What do I do?
1) Contact the GSG office for your TAP card number at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-740-5649.
2) Contact Metro to notify them that you lost your card at 1-866-TAP-TOGO (827-8646).
3) Come pay the replacement fee of $15 at TCC 224 during office hours, Monday- Thursday 10:00am- 4:00pm.
Once we receive your payment and notification from Metro, we will email you to let you know when your replacement card is ready for pick-up.
What if I cannot make it to the listed hours to pick-up or reload my card?
Contact email@example.com to schedule an alternate pick-up time at UPC, and firstname.lastname@example.org schedule an alternate pick-up time at HSC. Alternatively, you can ask a friend to pick-up/reload your card. Provide them with a note stating your name, their name, and your student ID number (and the friend should bring your old card if it’s being reloaded).
Can I purchase more than one card?
No. A student can only purchase one card.
What if the TAP Machine on my bus doesn't work?
Some buses still have old TAP machines that don't read our USC TAP Passes. If this occurs, you may need to pay the fare (depending on the bus driver) but please write down the route number and the individual bus number and send it to email@example.com so we can forward that information to Metro to allow them to update the machine on that particular bus.