Clipper card acceptance to expand in East Bay

Beginning Sunday, Bay Area transit riders will be able to use their Clipper cards on four more transit agencies in the East Bay.

County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, Western Contra Costa Transit Authority and Wheels will all begin accepting Clipper cards, as well as a range of 31-day passes, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

MTC Commissioner, County Connection board member and Orinda City Councilmember Amy Rein Worth said in a statement:

“This is a major benefit both for people who ride the bus to BART as well as those who rely on the bus for local trips. I am pleased that MTC and the transit operators have worked together to so well to make Clipper available to more East Bay transit riders.”

Clipper is already accepted on Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, BART, Caltrain, Fairfield and Suisun Transit, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, Marin Transit, San Francisco Municipal Railway, Sam Trans, SF BayFerry, SolTrans, Vacaville City Coach, VINE Transit and the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority.

Clipper is used for fare payment on nearly half of all transit trips in the Bay Area. Last month, Clipper was used for an average of more than 800,000 trips each weekday, according to MTC officials.

About one third of all Clipper card users are signed up to autoload, which automatically reloads value from the user’s credit card onto the Clipper card when it runs low.

The Clipper network has plans to expand to more Bay Area transit services. In 2016, transit riders will be able to use Clipper cards on Union City Transit, Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus and Sonoma County Transit, according to MTC officials.

In addition, Clipper will be the sole fare payment method used by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit when it begins service in late 2016, MTC officials said.