Thursday, December 09, 2010
One Reason to Get a Clipper Card
San Francisco's new multi-transit money storage card, the Clipper, is fairly useless for Muni buses if you're planning to do a few errands around the city on one fare. Nice Muni bus drivers, and there are more of them than are commonly acknowledged, give out generous transfers as a general rule if you pay them $2 in cash, and that extra time versus the Clipper card's rigorous 90 minutes can often come in quite handy.
Where the Clipper card makes a wonderful economic difference is on the Golden Gate Transit ferries to Sausalito and Larkspur.
If you pay for a single passage, as a tourist would, the cost of an exquisitely beautiful boat ride one-way to Sausalito is $8.25, but if you scan your Clipper card, the fare is $4.40 because the system assumes you are a commuter.
This lovely deal is vanishing on January 1st of next year, when the Clipper fare will increase to $4.85, so I would highly recommend you take the sunset 4:00 PM trip some weekday evening in December. It is beyond beautiful.