However, the one-stop regional fare still needs to be transitioned into 20 of the region’s smaller transit agencies, which collectively make up about 5percent of the Bay Area public transportation riders.
On Friday, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which manages Clipper, will begin discussions on how to incorporate the card into the area’s smaller local transit agencies.
The MTC is considering a number of options, including moving forward with Clipper card implementation first for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, which oversees the Bay Area’s ferry service. The Authority will launch its long-anticipated South San Francisco ferry service next year, and MTC officials said that the Clipper card should be installed by then.
The MTC has also proposed moving forward Clipper implementation at small bus operators in Solano and Napa counties, then the East Bay, and lastly along the 101 corridor. The MTC will present these options at its Operations Committee meeting at 9:45 a.m. on Friday.