If you’re a Los Angeles commuter using the LADOT transit system, and you have a smartphone, your life just got a little easier. No longer do you have to search for change to pay your fare or look for your pass card. There’s now a payment app for that.
Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched LA Mobile, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) app with which you can buy tickets on your smartphone for LADOT’s DASH and Commuter Express buses.
Being LADOT is the second largest public transit service in Los Angeles, this is big. Its Commuter Express buses service the San Fernando Valley, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, the Beach Cities, El Segundo, and the Westside to Downtown Los Angeles and from Pasadena to Glendale. And the DASH community buses service Downtown Los Angeles and 26 other neighborhoods in the city.
LADOT is now the first transit agency in California to have a system-wide mobile ticketing app. Also, it joins Portland’s TriMet and Portland Streetcars as one of the nation’s leaders in providing a mobile ticketing system.
The LA Mobile application was developed via a partnership between LADOT Transit and mobile app developer GlobeSherpa.
Riders with an iOS or Android smartphone can use LA Mobile to purchase LADOT passes and tickets with a credit or debit card. The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
To pay for your ride, simply show the e-ticket displayed on your smartphone to the driver. Currently only regular fares are offered, no options are available for any form of reduced fare (e.g., Senior, Student, etc.).