BART is beginning a pilot program Monday that will make Clipper cards the only product available to purchase for train fares at certain stations. (Courtesy photo)

BART to begin Clipper-only sales pilot program Monday

In an effort to eliminate the sale of paper magstriple tickets, the transit agency is rolling out the program at four stations

BART is beginning a pilot program Monday that will make Clipper cards the only product available to purchase for train fares at certain stations, starting with the 19th Street Oakland station.

In an effort to eliminate the sale of paper magstriple tickets, the transit agency is rolling out the program at four stations in August and September.

Along with 19th Street Oakland on Monday, it will start on Aug. 19 at Embarcadero and Sept. 3 at Powell Street, both in San Francisco, and at Downtown Berkeley on Sept. 24, with plans for systemwide expansion in 2020.

BART officials say the benefits of using a Clipper card include saving money since the paper tickets come up with a 50-cent surcharge, the reduction of paper ticket waste, the versatility of the Clipper cards throughout various transit systems in the Bay Area, and improved efficiency when going through gates.

While the magstripe paper tickets will no longer be sold at the four stations during the pilot program, they can still be used to enter and exit gates and have money added to them.

Clipper and BART staff will be available for questions for the first three days of each station’s program, and will be handing out free Clipper cards to customers.

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