Muni's Forcing You to Get a Clipper Card. Get One Tomorrow For Free.

Categories: Public Transit
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With the curtailment of the paper Fast Pass the day after Halloween, Muni is prodding its frequent riders into the 21st century. They haven't yet perfected the George Jetson flying car that transforms into a briefcase -- but they have created Clipper, the expensively rebranded TransLink card that allows you to hop aboard any number of regional transit lines with just one annoying "beep."

Normally this wondrous wallet-stuffer will cost you five bucks. But if you're willing to queue up tomorrow at the following locations, the cost will be zero dinero:

On Wednesday, June 30, a Clipper card is yours for the taking between 7 and 10 a.m.:


  • The San Francisco Ferry Building;

  • Downtown Berkeley BART.

You can pick up a card from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. here:

  • The Caltrain Depot at Fourth and King;

  • Civic Center Station;

  • The corner of Sacramento and Davis Streets in San Francisco

Feel free to complain heartily about the inanity of the name "Clipper." Don't let its lack of a price tag slow you down.

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