How to Ride with TAP

Tap your card before you ride. Depending on the bus or train, you'll see one of the TAP devices below. Hold your TAP card to the dial and wait for the validation signal.


card held to bus farebox

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.

card held to bus mobile 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.

card held to stand alone validator

At Metro rail stations with turnstiles:

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

card held to station turnstile

At Metro rail stations with validators:

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