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Clipper Card Comes to Alameda-Oakland Ferry Routes

Effective October 1st, 2012, passengers will be able to use their Clipper Card to pay for passage on the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay ferry routes.

The Water Emergency Transit Agency (WETA) approved the decision, and a new ferry to MUNI transfer policy, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting yesterday.

“Introducing Clipper on the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay routes is central to the integration of the ferry system with the long-term vision for Bay Area transit infrastructure,” said Nina Rannells, Executive Director of WETA. “Clipper connects ferry riders to the extended transit network, allowing seamless transition to BART, MUNI and other transit operators.”

Clipper will be available on the three Alameda routes – to South San Francisco, from the Alameda Main Street terminal, and from the Harbor Bay terminal.

3 comments to Clipper Card Comes to Alameda-Oakland Ferry Routes

  • karen

    People should note that the Clipper card carries an increase in fares, and also eliminates the free MUNI transfer that many people use.

    If you buy a 20-trip book of tickets, it will cost you an additional 50 cents a day to use a Clipper card. So, instead of $90, the same number of trips will cost you $100.

    It’s unclear to me if you HAVE to use it…

  • Here are excerpts from the press release, verbatim:

    The new one-way fare for adult passengers using Clipper will be $4.75 on the Alameda/Oakland to San Francisco route, and $5.00 on the Harbor Bay to San Francisco route, in line with current discounted fares at the most commonly used fare option; a 20-ticket book. Passengers currently purchasing Adult single one-way tickets stand to save between $1.25 and $1.50 each time they ride the ferry. Although paper tickets will continue to be available, riders that opt to use Clipper will enjoy a number of benefits, including access to Clipper Direct, an employer transit benefit program, whereby commuters receive a 30 – 40 percent discount by paying with pre-tax dollars. Furthermore, since Clipper payments are cashless, passengers no longer need to have exact change or purchase a ticket on board.

    Concurrent with the introduction of Clipper on the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay ferry routes, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency also will implement an initiative to replace existing paper transfer discounts of $2.00 for San Francisco Bay Ferry passengers transferring to and from MUNI services with a $0.50 discount, in line with regional policies with Golden Gate Ferry and BART. As of October 1, San Francisco Bay Ferry will contribute an inter-operator transfer discount of $0.50 for adult MUNI passengers transferring to/from the ferry using Clipper. These transfer discounts will only be available to riders using Clipper, and will not be available to ferry passengers who continue to purchase paper ticket fares. Passengers with pre-purchased paper tickets that include the free MUNI transfer will have a 30-day grace period in which to use the paper transfers. After November 1, 2012, paper transfers will no longer be valid, and will not be accepted by MUNI.

  • karen

    Right – but something important to note is that the amount you can get via commuter checks PRE-tax has been reduced, so I already am paying more AND now it will be more still.