Now that Clipper is in full use on Muni, the transit agency wants to keep a close eye on the fare media to see if anyone is using the card to cheat the system.
Currently, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, has just one section to detail fare evasion on its system, but with the new technology presented through the advent of the Clipper card, the agency wants to establish a special citation code just for people who use the regional transit payment card.
By specifically noting fare cheaters who use the Clipper card illegally to dodge payments, the SFMTA will be able to pick up on new glitches, trends, and scams, according to the agency. Although the citation will be reclassified for tracking purposes, the citation for Clipper card holders will remain the same as other scofflaws—$100.
On Tuesday, the SFMTA board of directors will vote on a proposal to establish a new classification for Clipper card fare evasion.