Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 12:36 pm in AC Transit.
AC Transit changes its bus fare payment system on Saturday Jan. 1 when it stops accepting multi-ride paper tickets as payment to board buses. As it takes another step to boost use of Clipper smart cards for paying fares, AC Transit has set Friday as the last day to pay with the 10-ride and 31-ride paper tickets for adults and the 10-day paper tickets for youths, seniors and the disabled.
AC Transit urges customers to acquire a Clipper card promptly if they don’t want to pay fares in cash.
For information about acquiring the Clipper card, go to www.actransit.org/ and click on ”Clipper” on the right side of the home page, or call Clipper at 1-877-878-8883. Clipper cards, a reloadable card good for use on several Bay Area transit systems, can be ordered online or obtained at AC Transit headquarters, 1600 Franklin St. Oakland, and at several retail stores listed on the bus system’s web site. The card itself is free for a short time. Customers add fare value to the card by paying in cash or linking it to a bank account or credit card.
AC Transit encourages riders to use up their paper tickets as soon as possible, or exchange them for a Clipper card and apply the old value of the ticket to the new smart card. For information about exchanges, view AC Transit’s web site or call its ticket office at 510-891-4706 on weekdays.