San Francisco Bay Area Clipper Card now supports Apple Pay with Express Transit

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The Clipper Card can be added to Apple Pay and used with Express Transit features in the San Fransisco Bay area.

Bay Area Clipper Card now on Apple Pay
Bay Area Clipper Card now on Apple Pay


The Apple Wallet on iPhone has been gaining support for adding specific transit cards from within the app. These cards can be used with the Express Transit mode and can be reloaded with Apple Pay.

The latest card to be added is the Clipper Card. It is the San Fransisco Bay Area transit card of choice and can be used with all 24 transit agencies in the area.

San Fransisco is also one of the cities with advanced transit directions, so users can find real-time schedules for a bus, train, or ferry compatible with the Clipper Card. Just hold the iPhone or Apple Watch near a Clipper reader, and you're done.

Express Transit mode is a feature that lets users assign an Apple Pay card for use without authentication. It is necessary for passing through busy areas like a turnstile without having to stop and authenticate the transaction.

Cards used with Express Mode are also available up to five hours after an iPhone's battery dies. This means even if the device battery is depleted, the user can still use transit services.

The Clipper Card joins the TAP card and SmarTrip card in Apple Wallet. Apple maintains a list of all transit cards available for Express Transit mode by region.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    focherfocher Posts: 685member
    "San Fransisco is also one of the cities with advanced transit directions" ...

    Is that a new city or just a typo? Francisco.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    bonobobbonobob Posts: 309member
    Unfortunately, enabling it on the phone or watch disables the card itself.  I'm not sure I like that, because my phone doesn't have that 5 hour reserve.  The article should have said that applies to some iPhones, but not all.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    jpellinojpellino Posts: 652member
    bonobob said:
    Unfortunately, enabling it on the phone or watch disables the card itself.  I'm not sure I like that, because my phone doesn't have that 5 hour reserve.  The article should have said that applies to some iPhones, but not all.
    That's bizarre.  So if you lose your phone, you also lose the card?  
  • Reply 4 of 5
    jpellino said:
    bonobob said:
    Unfortunately, enabling it on the phone or watch disables the card itself.  I'm not sure I like that, because my phone doesn't have that 5 hour reserve.  The article should have said that applies to some iPhones, but not all.
    That's bizarre.  So if you lose your phone, you also lose the card?  
    It’s good news that they are disabling the card based on the experience they had several years ago with the rollout of some of the first express transit cards. Several people were getting charged twice, once from their iPhone and then again from their physical card which was too close to the terminal. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 781member
    Well it’s about time. I’ve been waiting for this for years! I just tried it on BART and I can attest, it works. I was even in another app, with my mask on! I didn’t have to bring up the wallet, just held my phone near the card reader on the turnstile and BAM it opened within seconds!
    watto_cobra
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