Public Transportation

Navigating LA

Most of us enjoy the convenience of our cars. Our goal is to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. However, for thousands of Angelinos-mainly working class families-relying exclusively on buses and trains to get to work, school, and the grocery store is part of their everyday experience. Public transportation (a.k.a. P.T.) is the most valued and frustrating feature of the LA Term semester. Students realize how much people take for granted the ability to move freely without stress or restraint. Riding P.T. reveals another side of the city, one that is easily forgotten when we lock ourselves inside our cars.

The program staff help ease you into the public transportation experience. During Orientation Week, the staff will equip you in how to navigate LA’s imperfect transit system and what safety precautions to take. When it comes to your internship, we encourage you to consider the estimated travel time and distance between your home stay and internship site. Intern supervisors understand that they need to arrange transportation to get students home in case they work past 5:30-6 p.m.

TAP Student Discount

By the start of the semester, each student will receive a discounted student TAP card that can be used to ride buses or rail trains. Students save 50 percent on passes, paying $43 per month for unlimited use. TAP cards can be loaded with the student discounted pass at Metro ticket vending machines, various retail locations, online at the TAP website, or by calling 866-TAP-TOGO. Monthly passes go on sale the 25th of the preceding month.

For more information on TAP, visit For MTA trip planner, maps, and fares, visit

Metro has added a “cash purse” feature to TAP, enabling you to load your card with the dollar amount of your choice and use it to pay for rides.