Clipper START

Launched in 2020, the Clipper Start Program is a pilot fare discount program providing eligible single riders fare discounts on a variety of San Francisco Bay Area Transit Agencies.

Participants can receive:

  • 50% discount on Caltrain, MUNI, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, San Francisco Bay Ferry
  • 20% discount on BART
  • Other agencies may be discounted. For more information, check

In order to qualify for this program, you must:

  • Be a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Be 19-64 years old
  • Not have an RTC Clipper Card for people with disabilities
  • Have a household income of 200% of the federal poverty level or less

How To Apply:

  1. Go to to create your profile and start your application
  2. Provide proof of identity and proof of income
  3. Get approved for the program
  4. Receive a personalized Clipper card in the mail to get your discounts

How To Add Funds To Your Personalized Discounted Clipper Card:

  • Online at
  • Automatically – by setting up Autoload at
  • Over the phone – by calling 877.878.8883
  • In person – at participating retailers, transit agency ticket machines and ticket offices, Clipper Customer Service Centers, and Clipper Add Value machines.