BART to phase out EZ Rider card this week

Sentimental BART riders might want to take one last mournful look at their EZ Rider cards, because the days are numbered for the agency’s reuseable smart card.

Starting Wednesday, BART will officially begin phasing out the EZ Rider in preparation of replacing it with the Clipper card, the regional one-stop media fare that will one day be in use on all 26 transit agencies in the Bay Area.

The entire phase-out stage of the EZ Rider is projected to last one week, but BART is warning passengers that the card may not be accepted at fare gates starting on Wednesday.

BART is urging its passengers to visit the Clipper card’s website to get more information about making the transition from EZ Rider.

Now available on AC Transit, Muni, Golden Gate Transit, Caltrain and BART, usage of the Clipper card has grown steadily over the past month.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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