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Posted on: June 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Local Transit Riders Can Use Clipper on Smartphones

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Local Transit Riders Can Use Clipper on Smartphones
Passengers can ride 24 Bay Area Transit Systems with Clipper on Google Pay and Apple Pay

Santa Rosa CityBus, Petaluma Transit and Sonoma County Transit passengers can now use the Clipper mobile app, recently launched by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), to plan a trip, track the real-time arrival of public transit, and pay for the trip upon boarding with a swipe of their smartphone.  By linking a Clipper Mobile account to a Google Pay or Apple Pay account smartphone users who ride any of the 24 participating Bay Area transit systems have a contactless means to pay fares on buses, trains, and ferries.

To manage a Clipper account by phone, download the Clipper app. The app allows users to manage multiple accounts including Clipper cards and it offers helpful trip planning tools like real-time transit information and map-based features.

Riders can use the app to add value to their cards, track payment history, and report a lost or stolen card. The app does not require users to pay fares by phone; however, for those who want to pay by phone, the app provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Clipper card on Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Paying fares with a smartphone or other mobile device is easy with Clipper. Riders can register a new card or transfer an existing plastic card to pay transit fares through Apple Pay or Google Pay. Once the account is set up, the process is simple—when boarding transit, just tag a smartphone or Apple Watch to the Clipper reader. All participating transit agencies will accept Clipper fare payment with smartphones.

More information on options for Clipper cards and what agencies accept them can be found online at

Clipper START
Santa Rosa CityBus, Petaluma Transit and Sonoma County Transit also participate in MTC’s Clipper START pilot program which allows lower-income adults age 19-64 fare discounts ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent. Riders interested in Clipper START can learn more about the program and apply online at

For additional information, community members may contact their local transit agency as follows:

Santa Rosa CityBus

Sonoma County Transit

Petaluma Transit

Face Coverings are Mandatory
In compliance with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), face coverings are mandatory for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through September 13, 2021. TSA Face Mask Requirement

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