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BART and MTC Offer Discount for Clipper Mobile Options

Supply Chain Issues and Delivery Delays Reduce Plastic Card Supply
Jim Allison, BART, 510-368-2435
John Goodwin, 415-778-5262

BART and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) encourage travelers to put a Clipper card on their mobile phones instead of obtaining plastic Clipper cards because global supply chain issues have depleted the inventory of plastic cards. Clipper is available for mobile phones through either Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Clipper will waive the standard $3 new-card fee for customers who choose either of the mobile options for their new cards. The $3 fee will be charged to customers who opt for a traditional plastic Clipper card.

Adding a Clipper card to Google Pay, an Apple iPhone 8 or later or Apple Watch Series 3 or later is easy. Apple customers can add the card directly through Apple Wallet and load cash value with Apple Pay anytime, anywhere. Customers with Android system phones running Android 5 or later similarly can add the Clipper card directly through Google Pay and load cash value anytime, anywhere. For more instructions and frequently asked questions, visit

MTC is the transportation planning, funding and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. MTC operates the Clipper system on behalf of the region’s transit agencies.

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