Transportation

BART completes conversion to Clipper-only sales

BART has transitioned all stations to offer Clipper as the only fare product available for purchase.

BART has been eliminating the sales of paper tickets since August of 2019 when a 4-station pilot program was launched. The conversion was accelerated during the pandemic with one or more stations transitioned each week throughout 2020. Systemwide conversion was fully completed the week of December 7.

This effort is part of BART's 15-Step Plan to welcome riders back to a more contactless experience in the era of COVID-19.

Using Clipper helps this effort by allowing riders to avoid direct contact with fare gates, as the card only needs to be held over the fare gate card reader without touching. Riders can further protect themselves from contact with fare machines by loading funds onto their Clipper card online, allowing up to one day for the balance to post. 

While paper tickets will no longer be available for purchase at these stations, riders are still be able to use paper tickets to enter or exit through fare gates. Riders are also able to add enough fare to a paper ticket to exit the station using add fare machines located inside the paid area.

MTC operates the Clipper system on behalf of the region’s transit agencies.

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