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  Clipper card now supported on iPhone and Apple Watch
April 19, 2021

Below is exciting information I would like to share with you regarding Clipper and BART.

Clipper card now supported on iPhone and Apple Watch

On April 15, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) launched the Clipper regional transit-fare payment card on iPhone and Apple Watch, and also released a mobile app for easier management of Clipper cards. As one of the 24 Bay Area transit agencies who support Clipper, BART fare gate readers now support Clipper payment via iPhone and Apple Watch.

Customers can now add a new or existing Clipper card directly through Apple Wallet and load cash value with Apple Pay anytime, anywhere. Riders also can transfer the value from a plastic Clipper card to their iPhone. For instructions on setting up a new or existing Clipper and loading cash value on iPhone and Apple Watch, please visit here.

Clipper on iPhone and Apple Watch works with Express Mode, which allows riders to quickly tag and pay for rides without having to use Face ID, Touch ID, wake or unlock their device, or open an app. (To ride transit without Express Mode turned off on iOS devices, please visit here) Riders can simply hold their iPhone or their Apple Watch near the Clipper reader and then board the bus, train or ferry. They no longer need to touch a ticket vending machine or reload a Clipper card at a retailer.

Clipper will be coming to Google Pay in May.

To add a Clipper transit-fare payment card to Apple Wallet, you need iPhone 8 or later running the latest version of iOS, or an Apple Watch Series 3 or later running the latest version of watchOS. Once transferred, the physical Clipper card can no longer be used to pay for transit. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Ariel Mercado
Principal Government and Community Relations Representative
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
300 Lakeside Drive | 18th Floor, Office # 1823 | Oakland, CA 94612
C: 510-913-0585 | T: 510.287.4939 | E: 

Clipper card now supported on iPhone and Apple Watch
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