The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Friday launched the regional TAP transit smartcard on Android phones.

The TAP — short for Transit Access Pass — is an app that also provides a safe and contactless way to pay transit fare on Metro and 25 additional TAP transit agencies in L.A. County.

Friday’s Android release follows the iPhone and Apple Watch launch of last September.

“We have to eliminate barriers between our transportation system and our essential workers, front-line heroes, hard-hit households, and Angelenos from every zip code. This is always important, but even more critical in this current crisis,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.

“Extending the new mobile TAP app to Android phones will put the power to pay fares in the hands of more riders — tapping into our city’s innovative spirit to bring greater safety, equity, sustainability, and convenience to riders, drivers, transit operators, and anyone boarding our buses and trains.”

Said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington: “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the TAP app on Android is a great option for essential workers, honors social distancing with no bus operator interaction needed by the rider and works on all TAP participating agencies, whether riders board at the front or at rear doors.”

Riders can also download the TAP app to purchase reduced fare and low-income passes as well as Stored Value options and Metro Bike Share, Metro said. Fare is available immediately after purchase.

Metro worked with Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., to produce the app. For more information, visit taptogo.net.

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