You can now use an iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for your daily commute in the Bay Area. Apple and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission have launched support for Clipper, Bay Area’s rechargeable all-in-one transit card, on these devices. This allows you to make contactless payments for bus, train and ferry rides with the BART and 23 other transit services that work with the card.
Apple announced its partnership with Clipper back in February, but has not yet had a compatibility launch date. Now you can add a card by opening the Wallet app, selecting the Clipper option, then selecting “Transfer Existing Card”. You can also top up your card with Apple Pay. As long as you activate Express Transit, you can pay for rides by holding your device near a Clipper reader. You don’t even need to use Face ID / Touch ID, activate / unlock your device or open an app.
However, you can only pair one Clipper card with a device at a time, although you can move it between devices if necessary. You also need an iPhone 8 or higher with iOS 14.3 or an Apple Watch Series 3 or higher with watchOS 7.2 or newer.
MTC chairman Alfredo Pedroza said in a statement:
“Last year has shown us the importance of contactless fare, and this is another way Clipper delivers on that promise. With the introduction of Clipper on the iPhone and Apple Watch today, we’re giving drivers, drivers, and stations more Security and convenience agents and transit companies. “
The MTC has also launched a new Clipper mobile app for the iPhone that lets you manage Clipper cards, plan trips to the Bay Area, and buy transit agency passes for your Apple device. Android users will soon be able to pair their cards with their phones as well, as Clipper is coming to Google Pay in May.