Muni Fast Pass with BART option to be phased out by October 

Muni passengers who use the Fast Pass fare card that allows them to ride on BART within city limits will have to ditch that payment option for the new Clipper card by the end of October.

In January, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, introduced two separate prices for its monthly Fast Pass card. One option, the M card, cost passengers $60 a month and only allows rides on Muni lines. The second option, the A card, cost $70 and includes BART service within city limits — a perk that was formally free for Fast Pass users.

In an effort to better integrate the Muni system with the Clipper card, the one-card regional transit payment system formerly known as TransLink, the SFMTA is phasing out its paper Fast Pass, starting with the A card in October. Muni passengers who buy the $70 pass will have to purchase a Clipper card for November service. October also will be the last month for Muni passengers who use the Regional Transit Connection discount, a Bay Area program available to seniors.

More than 40,000 Muni customers currently use the A card and 7,000 take advantage of the senior discount. The transit system carries roughly 700,000 passengers daily.

Muni’s A Fast Pass holders can pick up a Clipper card at no extra cost. For information about how to purchase the Clipper card, Muni passengers are encouraged to visit www.clippercard.com.

For the past several months, SFMTA officials have been strongly promoting the Clipper card as a better alternative to the Fast Pass system. With Clipper, passengers can arrange settings to have their card automatically purchase monthly passes or add money when their balance is low.

The SFMTA’s promotional efforts appear to have paid off. In June, Muni recorded 600,000 passenger boardings with the Clipper card, a 100 percent increase from six months ago.

In January, Muni’s disabled, senior and youth discounted Fast Passes will be replaced by the Clipper card. And in March, the M Fast Pass will be phased out.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

 

Modernizing

Fast Passes are becoming extinct.

October
Last month for Muni’s Fast Pass “A” card

January
Last month for Muni’s senior, disabled and youth Fast Pass

March
Last month for Muni’s “M” card

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