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Low-Income Transit Riders Can Start Saving with Clipper START

July 15, 2020 10:00 AM

Eligible riders can receive big discounts on Bay Area transit with Clipper START, a new program that offers up to 50% off transit fares on Bay Area transit. Residents age 19-64 who meet certain income requirements can apply for the program.

The Clipper START discount on Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry is 50% and excludes some East Bay bus fares and Oracle Park and Chase Center ferry service. 

Anyone interested in Clipper START can learn more about program requirements and apply online at The website walks you through the application process, tells you what documents you need to upload, and allows you to save your progress and return later to complete your application.

Eligible applicants receive a personalized Clipper account (card or mobile app) that must be loaded with cash value before use. Clipper START discounts are automatically applied whenever the account is used on participating transit agencies. The account can also be used just like a standard Clipper card or Clipper mobile app to pay for fares on any agency that accepts Clipper.

Clipper START is not a transit pass—it is a program that offers discounts on single rides. To learn more about Clipper START and apply online, visit

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