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A Fare Decrease? SF Area Bus Company Cancels Price Hike, Considers Lower Fares

Monday, April 29, 2013

KALW

Typically transit agencies raise prices as time goes by, not lower them. But AC Transit, the bus system that services Alameda and Contra Costa County in the East Bay Area, has canceled its fare increase scheduled for July. And it might even get cheaper to ride the bus. 

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Bad Week for Clipper Card

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) Clipper, the Bay Area's new one-size-fits-all transit card, is having, um, kind of a bad week: The San Francisco Examiner points out that a chip in the card stores data on each customer's daily itinerary, which state senator Joe Simitian called "literally a road map to your personal life."

But all that technology can't keep people from gaming the system: Matthew Roth at StreetsblogSF reports that customers can use cards purchased at Clipper vending machines to ride BART all over the Bay for the bargain price of $2. A BART spokesman called the scam Clipper's "dirty little secret. Of course, it's not so secret now.

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Clipper card woes: when schools and buses don't mix

Thursday, October 07, 2010

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(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) If you use public transportation to get around the Bay Area, the Clipper card can seem like a pretty great thing: load it up with money and it will keep track of how much you've spent on any of the Bay's many transit agencies. You still might have to take three kinds of transit to get to work, but instead of hunting around in your pockets for change or riffling through all your receipts to find a transfer, you just tag your card and go. It’s supposed to simplify things, and for a lot of people it has. Eventually, transportation officials want the Clipper to be the main way that regular riders pay their fares. That means no more paper passes. You might not think that’s such a big deal – why waste the trees? But it’s not so easy for everyone to get around without them.  Hear why over at KALW News.

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