Clipper® is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value that you load onto it, while applying all applicable fares, discounts and transfer rules. This lets you customize your card for your own transit needs.The Clipper card can hold multiple passes, ride books or tickets (which are specific to the transit system being used), as well as up to $300 in cash value at one time. Cash value on your Clipper card can be used to ride any participating transit system.
You can add value (in the form of both passes and cash value) to your card as you go, or for added convenience, you can set up your card to automatically reload whenever your pass expires or your cash balance falls below $10.
Clipper can be used on any of eight public transit systems: AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Bus and Ferry, SamTrans, San Francisco Bay Ferry, San Francisco Muni and Valley Transportation Authority — as well as the Dumbarton Express.
The implementation of the Clipper Card system into Tri Delta is progressing with a goal of installation by December 2015. Other smaller agencies in the East Bay will also finally get clipper service: East Bay LAVTA, County Connection, and WestCAT in the west part of the county, making transferring between the many transit services in the Bay Area virtually seamless. Eventually the service will move further out and include: Rio Vista Delta Bette, Vacavile City Coach, Soltrans in Solano County, Fairfield-Suisuin’s FAST, Marin Transit, Santa Rosa City Buses, Cloverdale Transit, Petaluma Transit and Healdsburg Transit.
First introduced as TransLink in 2002 by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) as a pilot program, it was rebranded in its current form on 16 June 2010. Clipper accounts for nearly half of all daily transit rides in the Bay Area. There were 1.3 million active Clipper cards in circulation as of July 31, 2013. The single card makes it easy to transfer between transit systems and modes, and factors in fare changes as they happen, making for a seamless travel experience for the rider.