Both BART and SamTrans are making changes to paper pass policies in the new year, meaning the Clipper card will be more important for many users.
BART has been given a deadline of the end of the year to fully integrate the Clipper card system.
A crackdown was scheduled for launch Tuesday to keep commuters from shortchanging transit agencies when using new Clipper fare cards
A card that allows riders to board multiple transit systems around the Bay Area can now be used on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s bus and light-rail trains.
Bay Area public transportation riders are now able to use the long-awaited Clipper Card program on San Mateo County Transit District services, a district spokeswoman said.
Golden Gate Ferry riders who had been getting a discount because they use the Clipper Card will now have to pay a little bit more.
Transit officials said numbers for the multi-use Bay Area transit card are on the rise.
Now passengers are joining many other transit systems in the Bay Area by switching over to the Clipper card.
BART says there aren’t enough Clipper smart-card transit cheats to warrant card changes.
It turns out a Clipper card feature that lets riders who are unexpectedly short on fare exit the station and pay later isn’t set up in a way so that the rider must eventually pay up.