Clipper to add $5 minimum to reload downtown to deter scammers 

In an effort to help deter scammers who have been exposing the region’s new payment system, Clipper card users will now have to add a minimum of $5 when they reload at downtown transit stations.

Because the cards have a negative-balance feature, some less-than-honest transit riders have added the bare minimum to the cards before taking off on a costly trip on the public’s dime.

Starting on March 1, any time someone purchases a new card or reloads their existing one, they have to put at least $5 on the card. At other off-site locations, there is no minimum reloading requirement, although any new purchase requires the $5 minimum.

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