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SamTrans Now Offers Free Transfers for 2020

For the first time, SamTrans offers free transfers + free Clipper Cards
By - posted 1/4/2020 No Comment

To help inform riders about the agency’s new free transfer policy which just began on 1/1/20, SamTrans is holding a series of outreach events. SamTrans staff will be providing riders with free Clipper cards (which would normally cost $3 without autoload) and will help explain how the new policy will affect their use of the system.

Read More: Free Transfers | 2020 Fare Changes | Free Clipper Card Outreach Events (Jan 6-9)

New Free Transfer Policy for 2020

The new transfer policy came about as part of a series of fare changes that went into effect with the New Year. Going forward, there will be no charge for transferring between local SamTrans routes within a two-hour window when using Clipper or the SamTrans Mobile app.

Fare Changes for 2020 – Local Day Passes Drop $1

Riders paying cash can purchase a Day Pass, which will now cost $4.50 for adults and $2.20 for youth and Eligible Discount riders, the price of two one-way trips.

The fare changes approved by the SamTrans Board of Directors will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

An Adult one way fare will remain at $2.25, while the cost of the Local Day Pass will be $1 less, going from $5.50 to $4.50. Eligible Discount and Youth One-way ride will remain at $1.10 and the Local Day Pass will cost $2.

Routes 292, 397 and 398 will no longer have an additional charge for riders departing from San Francisco. Adult riders on express routes will now pay a one-way Express fare of $4.50.

SamTrans will also no longer sell bulk metal tokens at a discounted rate and is replacing them with paper ones. Riders can still use metal tokens they have already purchased until the end of 2020.

SamTrans Outreach Events + Free Clipper Cards

SamTrans staff will be providing riders with free Clipper cards (which would normally cost $3 without autoload) and will help explain how the new policy will affect their use of the system. SamTrans staff will be at the following locations:

  • Serramonte Center, Daly City – Monday, January 6, 4-6 p.m.
  • San Bruno BART, San Bruno – Tuesday, January 7, 9-11 a.m.
  • Linda Mar Park & Ride, Pacifica – Tuesday, January 7, 4-6 p.m.
  • Palo Alto Transit Center, Palo Alto – Thursday, January 9, 7-9 a.m.
  • Redwood City Transit Center – Thursday, January 9, 4-6 p.m.

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