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Gifts for the public transit commuter



Are you wondering what to give your favorite public transit commuter for a birthday, the holiday or just any day?  Well, relax. The ideas are plentiful. Not only are these gifts something that the commuter can use; gift giving in this manner is great advertisement for the public transit system as well as good for the environment. Pre-loaded tap cards can be purchased for as little as five dollars which would allow your gift recipient approximately four free rides*. If you're not a public transit rider or if you don’t know of anyone who uses public transit; no problem, numbers 1, 11 and 13 would be excellent gifts to contribute to women’s and/or homeless shelters.  Buy a tap card, tokens or a pass and save someone or yourself some gas.  


All photos by Microsoft

Public Transit Style Gifts:  

  1. Bus pass
  2. Hats/Caps
  3. Jewelry
  4. Keychain
  5. Mouse Pad
  6. Mugs
  7. Ornaments
  8. Posters
  9. Scarves
  10. Stationery (Note Pads, Pens, Post Cards) 
  11. Tap card pre-loaded with $5 (minimum) to $200 (maximum)** 
  12. Ties
  13. Tokens
  14. Tote Bags
  15. Towels
  16. Toy Buses
  17. T-shirts (adult/child/pet)
  18. Umbrella
  19. Water Bottles
  20. A free subscription to the LA Public Transit Tourism Examiner 


Public Transit Store or Gift Locations (Merchandise, etc.):  


Big Blue Bus Transit Store, 223 Broadway,
Santa Monica, CA 


Foothill Transit,

100 S. Vincent Ave., Ste. 200, West Covina, CA 



Metro Online Store                

Metro Ticket Centers

      Union Station (See LA on the MTA, Golden Tour and Inner Passage 2)


      Wilshire and La
(Where East meets West)  


      Check for other locations and retailers.  


The locations below do not sell merchandise:  


Culver City  

4343 Duquesne Avenue, Culver City, CA 



Flyaway  (for LAX employees only)  



13999 S. Western Ave., Gardena, CA 


 LADOT Transit Store 

Long Beach
Long Beach Transit 
130 E.

First St

, Long Beach, CA 


Pasadena Transit 

221 E. Walnut St., Ste. 199, Pasadena, CA  91101 


Torrance Transit  
City Hall, West Annex,

3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA  




* Ride value varies based on the public transit system used.     

**The tap cards can be insured in case of loss.  


Disclaimer: This information is subject to change without notice.  

The answers to the trivia questions in the article Public Transit Tourism Trivia are: 11. William H. Taft and 12. Calligraphy


Happy Public Transit Gift Giving!



  • Vernita 5 years ago

    Great article! Thanks

  • Debi 5 years ago

    LOVE the "free subscription" idea... you ROCK! ;-)

  • Jamia 5 years ago


    Now these are very good Suggestions you have offered. It goes with the territory, though. We have a Great Tour Guide in you take us for a 'Scenic Ride' via public transit.

    Following your lead around town, has been an eye opener to many things missed by car.

    Keep up the good work.