Clipper START Program

CityBus Joins Bay Area Transit Agencies Clipper START Program!

The new Clipper START pilot program allows eligible lower-income adults age 19-64 to receive 20% fare discounts Countywide. Passengers can apply for the program today at

Clipper START is not a transit pass — it is a program that offers discounts for single rides on participating Bay Area public transit. The card also can be used just like a standard Clipper card to pay for fares on any agency that accepts Clipper.


Clipper START is an 18-month pilot program initiated by MTC and Bay Area transit agencies that uses the Clipper transit fare payment system to reduce the cost of transportation for adults age 19-64 whose household incomes are no more than twice the federal poverty level (for example, $52,400 for a family of four).

Eligible riders can apply to participate in the Clipper START program online at Applicants must provide proof of identity and income, such as a copy of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card or Medi-Cal card, a county benefits eligibility letter, or a copy of their last federal tax return to demonstrate their eligibility. Once approved by Clipper, they will receive a personalized Clipper card that must be loaded with cash value before use.

Participating Transit Agencies

Golden Gate Transit
Marin Transit
Petaluma Transit
San Francisco Bay Ferry
Santa Rosa CityBus
Sonoma County Transit

For a complete listing, visit