The Big Guide to Accessible Public Transportation in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is a huge metropolitan area with vast distances between the places you want to go. Public transportation can be daunting, especially for people with mobility challenges. In fact, four-fifths of wheelchair users in the US and Canada report that their local public transportation system is difficult to use or get to.
We’re here to help.
Here is a comprehensive list of accessible transportation resources for people with mobility issues and other disabilities in Los Angeles county. This list includes information about discounts for disabled and/or low-income individuals.
Shared Ride Services
The Cityride Program provides accessibly transportation services within the City of Los Angeles and select areas of Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando Valley, Highland Park, Watts, and more. This program offers reduced fares for curb-to-curb transportation services via Cityride Dial-A-Ride (DAR) and City of Los Angeles permitted taxicab rides.
Learn more about the Cityride Program www.ladottransit.com/cityride/
ACCESS is the ADA Complementary Paratransit service for functionally disabled individuals in Los Angeles County. How it works: individuals eligible for ACCESS services can request a curb-to-curb shared-ride to a chosen location by booking the route in advance. Fares range around $2.00-$3.50 per ride (depending on the length of the journey). ACCESS customers are also eligible for the Free Fare program, which allows you to ride most bus and rail systems within Los Angeles County (in cluding Metrolink) for free.
Learn more about Access and see if you are eligible www.accessla.org
Public Transportation Services
You can purchase a TAP card to transportation services in Los Angeles County, including Metro and bus lines. The TAP card offers a Reduced Fare TAP card for persons with disabilities that gives a substantial discount on fares for card holders. Riders can receive an even bigger discount on Metro rides by applying for the LIFE (Low-Income Fare is Easy) program. All riders, senior/disabled, K-12 grade students and full-time college/vocational students are eligible if their incomes fall within the maximum limit based on household size.
Learn more and sign up for a Reduced Fare TAP card at www.taptogo.net/
Metro bus and rail services are designed to be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. The Metro Accessibility team takes pride in going above and beyond the minimum requirements required by federal, state, and city requirements by implementing progressive initiatives to ensure their rides are useable to all. This includes ADA tactile guidance pathways, testing innovative accessibility solutions, and more.
Learn more about accessibility options on Metro at www.metro.net
Amtrak offers a 10% rail fare discount to adult passengers with a disability and a 10% discount for companions or support staff of a passenger with a disability. In order to qualify, you must present written proof when boarding. When booking your ticket, you can also reserve an accessible seat, storage area for a wheelchair, or an accessible room for long distance travel.
Learn more about accessibility on Amtrak trains at www.amtrak.com
LAX-it is a shuttle service offering pick-up from the LAX airport. You can hop on a shuttle for free from any baggage claim on level one. Shuttles take passengers from terminals to the designated taxi and ride-share app pick-up spot. The LAX -it Shuttle service is fully ADA accessible with low floors and wheelchair ramps to accommodate travelers with disabilities.
Learn more at www.flylax.com
Unsure about the transportation options in your area? No problem! LA County provides up-to-date information regarding social services such as transportation. Simply dial 211 to speak to a community resource agent who can offer you information about the accessible services in your area.
You can also access 211 information online at www.211la.org