Even crooks are trying to capitalize on this transit-first city.San Francisco resident Demitrius Ware, 35, was arrested on a Muni light rail vehicle Monday on suspicion of robbing two passengers on separate Muni lines, police Sgt. Dennis Toomer said. Read More
In an effort to increase privacy measures, the duration for which regional officials can keep personal information obtained by the Clipper card is set to be reduced.
Currently, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees the universal transit payment system, can retain personal travel data for up to seven years for cards that are registered. Read More
Responding to concerns about privacy, the regional agency in charge of Clipper cards and FasTrak is considering reducing its retention of personal user data.
Currently, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees both programs, retains personal information for Clipper card users for seven years and FasTrak customers for 4½ years. The Clipper card allows public-transit users to pay on multiple systems, and FasTrak is the transponder used for tolls. Read More
With the technology we use these days, there are numerous ways in which we all leave behind a digital trail. Read More
A San Francisco supervisor is calling for stricter privacy controls for transit riders using Clipper cards to pay their fares on BART, Muni and other Bay Area public transportation systems.
Amid media reports of law enforcement subpoenaing Clipper card data to make an arrest and high-tech mobile applications that can read a card’s travel history, Supervisor John Avalos introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for stricter privacy protections. Read More
The political cartoon portraying conservatives and libertarians as insensitive and callous toward the poor is grossly mistaken (Today’s Cartoon, Pat Oliphant, Wednesday). Caring and compassion are good only when they are voluntary and individual. Voters and bureaucrats are spending someone else’s money. Public compassion is always compulsory and inefficient. Government agencies have spent zillions of dollars over the past decades to alleviate poverty; there is still no lack of poor people. Read More
A $3 surcharge tacked onto every purchase of the Clipper card starting next month will make it more expensive to cheat the regional transit-payment system.
As part of a convenience feature for users, the Clipper card can “go negative” — meaning a passenger can exit a station without having paid the full cost of the trip. This was done under the assumption that users would refill the balance the next time they took a public-transit trip. Read More
Caltrain passengers who pay their fares with cash will get a chance to vent today on a proposal to make it more expensive to travel on the regional train system. Read More
Nearly 1,800 Clipper card users had their email addresses made public to each other due to an office mistake by an administrator of the regional transit fare. While sending out a mass message, an employee at Cubic Transportation Systems, the private manufacturer of the Clipper card, forgot to address the note in the blind-copy field, resulting in 1,764 card users having their email addresses made public. Read More
The number of Clipper card transactions on BART has nearly tripled in the last year, although still less than 40 percent of the agency’s passengers use the regional media fare. Read More