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The Clipper card, used for most transit options in the San Francisco Bay Area, now supports Apple Pay with Express Transit Mode. Starting today, Clipper cards can be added to the Wallet app on an iPhone and Apple Watch and used wherever Clipper cards are accepted.

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Clipper cards can be reloaded directly in the Wallet app, making it more convenient to travel throughout the Bay Area. Apple has a dedicated Clipper card website with details on how to transfer a Clipper card to the iPhone.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Clipper cards are used for BART, Caltrain, Muni, VTA and more. With Express Transit Mode, transit can be authenticated with a tap and no need to use Face ID, Touch ID, or touch a transit machine.

Article Link: Apple Pay With Express Transit Mode Now Available for San Francisco Bay Area's Clipper Card
 

ianKent

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Unfortunately it errors out when I try to add my card and hold my phone over it
Add it manually.

But this also means that the physical card can no longer be used after the transfer? How is that for a good customer experience if you can’t get home when your phone’s battery is gone.
 
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podycust

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ceriess

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Add it manually.

But this also means that the physical card can no longer be used after the transfer? How is that for a good customer experience if you can’t get home when your phone’s battery is gone.





The Clipper card, used for most transit options in the San Francisco Bay Area, now supports Apple Pay with Express Transit Mode. Starting today, Clipper cards can be added to the Wallet app on an iPhone and Apple Watch and used wherever Clipper cards are accepted.

clipper-card-express-transit-apple-pay.jpg

Clipper cards can be reloaded directly in the Wallet app, making it more convenient to travel throughout the Bay Area. Apple has a dedicated Clipper card website with details on how to transfer a Clipper card to the iPhone.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Clipper cards are used for BART, Caltrain, Muni, VTA and more. With Express Transit Mode, transit can be authenticated with a tap and no need to use Face ID, Touch ID, or touch a transit machine.

Article Link: Apple Pay With Express Transit Mode Now Available for San Francisco Bay Area's Clipper Card
Unfortunately it errors out when I try to add my card and hold my phone over it
You don't hold your phone over it. You put your phone directly on it.
 

gbc204

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This was a long time coming, finally, in Apple’s own backyard.
I yelled "FINALLY!" when I saw this news. It seemed like a no brainer, being right in Apple's neighborhood, but then I guess SF isn't THAT big a city and even the entire Bay Area probably has fewer transit users than a lot of other cities.
 

imaginex20

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Anyone have the Workwage auto load on their clipper card ? I use my clipper card to pay for parking too.
 

ToomeyND

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Will the card still work? If I want to add value to the "card," should I do it via the wallet and it flows to the card as well? or is the card now worthless and the phone is my only option?
 

Morgenland

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I have heard украинская карта (ukraine travel card) is also working with Apple. Sensational news for global travelers. ;)

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squirrelist

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Will the card still work? If I want to add value to the "card," should I do it via the wallet and it flows to the card as well? or is the card now worthless and the phone is my only option?
Clipper only allows you to have one card per account. So if you enable this your plastic card is deactivated. If they allowed the other card to continue that would be a huge loophole. You could give the card to someone else and if you are both riding transit at the same time it would only charge you once in many cases.
 

AskMcG

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The words "about time" come to mind... but, can someone please explain this part to me? I mean like, I legit do not understand why.

A Clipper card can only be on one device at a time, but you can easily move it between your devices.
 

squirrelist

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The words "about time" come to mind... but, can someone please explain this part to me? I mean like, I legit do not understand why.

A Clipper card can only be on one device at a time, but you can easily move it between your devices.
That's a limitation of Clipper, not of Apple Wallet. If you could have it on multiple devices you could loan it to someone and if you are both taking transit at the same time additional scans with your same account would show up as free transfers in many cases.

Disney World uses the same system, but they allow multiple devices because that doesn't open a loophole.
 

3rdiguy

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Ain’t this some $%!+. Now they add Clipper after I move out of California. Sheesh! Would’ve loved to use that option when I was commuting on BART and AC Transit
 
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ToomeyND

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Clipper only allows you to have one card per account. So if you enable this your plastic card is deactivated. If they allowed the other card to continue that would be a huge loophole. You could give the card to someone else and if you are both riding transit at the same time it would only charge you once in many cases.
Thanks for this. That makes perfect sense to me. However, that doesn't seem to fully be the case. Under the second of the five FAQs on the Apple Clipper page, it says this (bolded by me in the answer):

What types of physical Clipper cards can I transfer to Apple Wallet?​


You can add Adult, Youth, Senior, and RTC Clipper cards. Translink cards and Clipper cards with some special fare products can’t be added to Apple Wallet3. Be sure to keep your plastic Clipper card for Bay Wheels bikeshare use and your RTC card for fare inspection.

If the card works on Bay Wheels, doesn't that just mean it works?
 

Rigby

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Is it possible to transfer a card from one iPhone to another? The FAQ describes how to transfer it between the phone and an associated Watch, but not between different phones.

Also, what happens if you remove the card from Wallet? Does the value on the card just go "poof" along with the card?
 
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applefanboysince93

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I get an error that my card doesn’t support Apple Pay. If I try again it errors out reading the card repeatedly. My card does have unlimited rides on VTA and perhaps that’s why? That sucks cause I’d love to not carry the card anymore.
 

ianKent

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The words "about time" come to mind... but, can someone please explain this part to me? I mean like, I legit do not understand why.

A Clipper card can only be on one device at a time, but you can easily move it between your devices.
On most transportation networks, you pay per ride. On Clipper-supported Bart, you pay for how many stops you took. So if multiple people used one card, they would have to use the card to exit out of the system with that same card. Bart needs to make their system charge per ride, and this will remove all these systemic issues.
 
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AskMcG

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On most transportation networks, you pay per ride. On Clipper-supported Bart, you pay for how many stops you took. So if multiple people used one card, they would have to use the card to exit out of the system with that same card. Bart needs to make their system charge per ride, and this will remove all these systemic issues.
That actually makes sense. I guess a step in the right direction, at least I don't need to carry the clipper any longer.
 
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