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San Francisco’s Clipper Transit Card gets iPhone and Apple Watch support

You can now use the iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for your daily commute to the Bay Area. Apple and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission hold Launched Clipper on those devices, support for all-in-one reloadable transit cards in the Bay Area. It gives you a contactless way to pay for bus, train and ferry rides at BART and 23 other transit services that work with the card.

Apple first announced its partnership with the Clippers in February, but it did not yet have a rollout date for compatibility. Now, you can add a card by opening the Wallet app, choosing the Clipper option, and then choosing “Transfer Existing Card”. You can also load your card using Apple Pay. As long as you enable Express Transit, you’ll be able to pay for the ride by holding your device near the Clipper Reader – allowing you to use Face ID / Touch ID, wake / unlock your device, or open any app is not needed.

That said, you can pair a clipper card with only one device at a time, although you can transfer it between devices when needed. In addition, you must have iPhone 8 or later with iOS 14.3, or Apple Watch Series 3 or later watchOS 7.2 or newer.

MTC President Alfredo Pedroza said in a statement:

“The past year has taught us the importance of contactless rentals, and this is another way the Clipper is keeping that promise. With the launch of the Clipper on the iPhone and Apple Watch today, we’re giving riders, drivers, the station more Providing security and convenience. Agents and transit operators. “

MTC has also launched a new Clipper mobile app for the iPhone that gives you a way to plan trips around the Bay Area and purchase transit agency passes for use on your Apple device. Android users will soon be able to pair their cards with their phones, as the Clipper is coming to Google Pay in May.

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