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BART Won’t Make Changes To Stop Clipper Card Fare Cheats

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A passenger uses a Clipper card at a fare gate. (CBS)

A passenger uses a Clipper card at a fare gate. (CBS)

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OAKLAND (AP) – BART says there aren’t enough Clipper smart-card transit cheats to warrant card changes.

The CBS 5 reported last week that a number of riders have been misusing Clipper cards, but officials decided Thursday that the number of cheaters hasn’t risen to a level that makes changes to the card necessary. Up to 200 commuters may be cheating the system each day.

Bay Area Rapid Transit and Metropolitan Transportation Commission officials are monitoring the problem and will make changes if abuse becomes widespread.

By March, all BART stations will have Clipper vending machines, which allow customers to use cash or credit cards to add value to them.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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