How to TAP

Tap before you ride. Depending on the bus or train that you are riding, you will encounter one of the TAP devices below when you board. Hold your TAP card to the dial and wait for the validation signal.


farebox validator

On buses with fareboxes:

  • Tap your card on the farebox TAP target.
  • Wait for the “beep” sound and “GO” message, which show the operator your card is valid.

hand holding TAP card against bus validator

On buses with mobile validators:

  • Tap your card on the mobile validator TAP target.
  • Wait for the green screen to verify that your card is valid.

hand holding TAP card against turnstile Validator

At Metro rail stations with turnstiles:

  • At a station validator, tap your card on the TAP target.
  • Wait for the “beep” sound and “GO” message, which shows the operator your card is valid.

hand holding TAP card against SAV

At Metro rail and bus stations with validators:

  • At a station turnstile, tap on the right side and enter to the left.
  • Wait for the green screen to verify that your card is valid.