The SFMTA is phasing out the paper versions of its monthly passes and encouraging Muni riders to sign up for the rechargeable Clipper cards.
Nearly 60 percent of about 60,000 users of the agency’s “M” pass – which is good only for rides on Muni buses and light rail vehicles – have already switched to the smart cards. The remaining customers have until April 3 to make the change.
Senior and youth customers using the “M” pass have until June to make the change.
On Nov. 1, the SFMTA phased out the paper version of its “A” monthly pass, which can also be used to pay for BART trips within city limits.
For the past two months, customers receiving the paper version of the “M” pass received their passes wrapped with a brochure alerting them to the deadline and providing information on how to acquire a Clipper card.
The agency is also planning sign-up and how-to events targeting senior and youth customers next week.
The events will be held Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Powell Street Muni Metro Station.
“We want to make the transition to the Clipper card as convenient as possible for our customers,” SFMTA Executive Director Nathaniel Ford said in a statement. “We will continue to reach out to the community and work with our city partners to help our customers make the switch.”
Customers can buy Clipper cards from any Muni ticket vending machine, various retailers, calling (877) 878-8883, or visiting www.clippercard.com.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News