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Low-Income Transit Riders Can Start Saving with the New Clipper START Card

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 local transit fares on select transit agencies. Bay Area residents age 19-64 who meet certain income requirements can apply for the program.

Clipper START discounts are:

  • 50% off Golden Gate Transit and Ferry (excludes local bus rides within Marin County, some East Bay bus fares, and Oracle Park and Chase Center ferry service)
  • 50% off Muni
  • 50% off Caltrain
  • 20% off BART

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 card that must be loaded with cash value before use. The Clipper START discounts are automatically applied whenever the card is used on participating transit agencies. The card can also be used just like a standard Clipper card 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 on Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, BART, Caltrain, and Muni. 

To learn more about Clipper START and apply online, visit

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