L.A. Metro Unveils Multi-mode Service

The Los Angeles Metro has added bike-share options to its Transit Access Pass (TAP) card accounts and plans to branch out to scooter-share, transportation network company (TNC) options, and even reserving a parking space with the card in the not-too-distant future.

TAP card users can reserve a bike at 90 train stations in the program, which was designed to let commuters move seamlessly from train to bike to travel their last mile or beyond. With the new program, L.A. joins several other major metro areas, including Chicago, Ill., and Portland, Ore., to add different mobility options to systems that have traditionally been train-only. L.A. Metro officials say they’re in talks with about nine other mobility providers to add those systems to the TAP card, and they’re unveiling an app next spring to pull it all together into a mobile-device-based system.

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