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TAP Program

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 Thanks!

TAP Program

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 as well as some bus lines in other municipalities, such as Culver City.

Active Dates

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.

Use the following USC Transportation website link to purchase a Pass, charged to your student account:

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 Friday starting Monday, August 18th.

If you can't make it to campus during the above pick-up times, contact to schedule an alternate time to pick up at UPC, and 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).

Eligible Students

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.


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 Metrolink or the LADOT Commuter Express. It currently does not cover transit run by some L.A. County municipalities, such as Santa Monica.

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:

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 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 to schedule an alternate pick-up time at UPC, and gsghsc@usc.eduto 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.

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