Metro has our Dim Sum Ride TAP’d out

I made this short video to talk about how Metro’s TAP card system broke group ticket purchasing. Our bike shop used to use the Gold Line to take a group of bike riders into the San Gabriel Valley (via the South Pasadena station) on an early Sunday morning bike ride to one of many fine dim sum restaurants there. It used to be easy to buy a bunch of tickets for the train: we’d show up with a big group, count heads and then stuff a $20 bill into the machine and buy a bunch of one-way tickets. The whole thing took less than one minute.

Now that the system is TAP-only, we have to buy TAP cards one at a time – which can take a while when you’ve got 15 people with you. If you’re buying all those one way passes with cash, be prepared to deal with a stack of golden coins to juggle as you feed them in buying card after card. The fun is doubled on the return trip when everyone has to cough up their brand new TAP cards and you, one-by-one, re-load them with one-way fares.

Ugh.

There needs to be a quick and easy solution to this! Our taste buds demand easy access to the food of the SGV!

Our recommendations? Add the ability to buy multiple one-way, or round-trip, TAP cards to the ticket machine. We should also have the ability to buy fares in bulk, swiping card after card against the ticket machine. As it is now, it’s slow and frustrating having to insert money, process one card, insert more money, process another card. etc. etc.

Save our SGV dim sum rides!

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