Apple Pay With Express Transit Mode Coming Soon to San Francisco Bay Area's Clipper Card

The Clipper card, used for transit in the San Francisco Bay Area, appears set to gain support for Apple Pay with Express Transit mode in the near future.

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With ‌Apple Pay‌ integration, Clipper cards will be able to be added to iPhone and Apple Watch and used for BART, Caltrain, Muni, VTA and more. Express Transit Mode will be supported, which means transit can be authenticated with just a tap, and no need to use Face ID, Touch ID, or touch a vending machine.

Though BART and Muni will offer tap authentication, Apple says that using the Clipper card with ‌Apple Pay‌ on SFMTA cable cars and other transit services with handheld card readers will require authentication with ‌Face ID‌, ‌Touch ID‌, or a passcode.

Apple has set up an Apple Pay website for the Clipper card, allowing those in the San Francisco Bay Area to be notified when the ‌Apple Pay‌ feature launches.

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Top Rated Comments

Rigby Avatar
19 months ago
About time. ;) Unbelievable that it took so long to support public transport in Apple's own backyard ...
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jashsayani Avatar
19 months ago
LOL, when the iPhone 6 introduced Apple Pay / NFC, I was like "finally! no more carrying my clipper card". It took a ton of time to get to this.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
19 months ago
Good. About time. One more card I can remove from my wallet.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
imaginex20 Avatar
19 months ago
Holy ****. Finally.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
genoendicott Avatar
19 months ago
Finally! Back in 2018, the MTC made this insanely stupid comment about upgrading to paying with a mobile device.

“Most of the people don’t even understand or care about all the kinds of things that people are talking about relative to this, that, and the other bell and whistle,” said Andrew Fremier, Deputy Executive Director for Operations at MTC. “Most of the people going through the transit system are happy with the Clipper card and it’s functionality today.”
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
19 months ago

Living in the bay area, I thought NOBODY used ApplePay...then I moved to Boston in 2019 and it was EVERYWHERE.
Lots of people in the Bay Area use Apple Pay. Pretty much everyone accepts it. Been that way for at least a couple years.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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