Clipper® is the Bay Area’s all-in-one transit card, with discounts for youth, seniors, people with disabilities and people with low incomes.

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Clipper is the Bay Area’s easiest way to pay for transit by bus, train or ferry. Accepted by all of the Bay Area’s 20+ different transit agencies, your Clipper card holds cash value, transit passes or a combination. Clipper can also be used to unlock Bay Wheels bike share bikes.


Learn more about Clipper, including how to get and use your card.

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Clipper cards can be reloaded online, at self-service machines in stations and at terminals, and in person at transit agency ticket offices and Clipper Customer Service Centers.

Access for More Riders

Youth, seniors, riders with disabilities or low incomes all get a break with reduced fares and discounted passes. Apply for your discounted card and save every time you ride.

Youth & Seniors

Youth and seniors can apply for reduced fares and access to discounted passes. Learn how to apply.

Youth & Senior Cards
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Low-income Riders: Clipper® START℠

Clipper’s innovative pilot program offers fare discounts to adults with low incomes.

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Accessible Transit: Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Clipper Card

The RTC Clipper Card brings discounted transit to disabled riders under age 65.

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Clipper BayPass Pilot Program

The Clipper BayPass program is designed to measure how an all-system pass could impact travel in the Bay Area.

A group of 50,000 Bay Area students and residents have been invited to participate in the program, which will offer free access to all bus, rail and ferry services in the nine-county region. Qualifying individuals include:

  • 9,000 students at San Francisco State University
  • 7,000 students at San Jose State University
  • 12,000 students the University of California’s Berkeley campus
  • All students at Santa Rosa Junior College
  • All residents of select affordable housing communities managed by MidPen Housing in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano counties.

The Clipper BayPass program kicks off the recommendations of the Fare Coordination/Integration Study, which focused on creating a more customer-friendly transit fare system in the Bay Area. The Clipper BayPass pilot program will help shape the development, pricing and implementation of one or more new Bay Area multi-agency transit passes or fare caps. Delivery of further fare policy actions called for in the study is expected over the coming years.

MTC will provide funds for the two-year pilot program to transit agencies to offset the revenue impacts of the Clipper BayPass pilot.

Clipper BayPass Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible for a Clipper BayPass?

Students at the pilot educational institutions will be contacted directly by their school to let them know that they are eligible for Clipper BayPass. Residents of MidPen Housing properties that are participating in the pilot will be made aware of the program by on-site property management.

When will a program like this be available to other organizations?

In 2023, the project team expects to expand the Clipper BayPass pilot to at least ten Bay Area employers of various sizes. This second phase of the pilot program will offer the pass, for purchase, to organizations which are interested in offering their employees an unlimited Bay Area transit pass. After the two-year pilot, and based on results from the pilot, MTC and transit agencies hope to offer a permanent program to any interested organization/employer in the Bay Area.

If I’m participating in Clipper BayPass, do I have to tag my card?

Yes. Your Clipper Card must be tagged on the Clipper reader on the bus, station, dock, platform or with a transit agency staff member in order for your fare to be considered valid.

I have a Clipper BayPass, who should I contact with questions about my Clipper BayPass?

Please first contact your institution’s transit pass office (likely where you picked up your ID or Clipper Card). You can always contact Clipper Customer Service with general questions about Clipper.

Who do I contact with a question about transit fare policy and Clipper BayPass?

For questions about Clipper BayPass policy and program management, please contact:

William Bacon, MTC
Phone: (415) 778-6628
Email: wbacon@bayareametro.gov

Michael Eiseman, BART
Phone: (510) 464-6435
Email: MEisema@bart.gov

Does Clipper BayPass cover trips on paratransit?

Clipper BayPass only provides valid fare for trips on fixed-route transit on transit operators that accept Clipper Cards. Paratransit trips are not included in the Clipper BayPass program.