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The sight of someone getting on a Metro bus through the back door usually means they are skipping the fare. But starting Sunday, June 24, those who hop on the Rapid Bus Line 754 on Vermont Avenue through the back door will be welcomed by the transit agency as it expands what it refers to as all-door boarding.

The goal is to help reduce the time a bus waits for passengers to board by having them use the front as well as the back and, in the case of the Rapid Bus, the middle doors, according to Metro officials. The first test of all-door boarding on the Silver Line through the San Fernando Valley has increased on-time performance by about 10%.

Only passengers with a TAP card will be able to board the 754 bus, which runs from Los Feliz and East Hollywood to South L.A., through back. After getting on the bus, passengers will pay their fare by swiping their card past an onboard validator, like the one found at the front of the bus. Those who are paying with cash still need to board through the front.

After implementing all-door boarding on the 754, the concept will spread in October to Metro Rapid Bus Line 720 on Wilshire Boulevard.

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