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March 23, 2012 > Seniors invited to Clipper Card event

Seniors invited to Clipper Card event

Submitted By BART Director Tom Blalock, District 6

On March 31, 2012, BART will host a Clipper Card outreach event at its Fremont BART Station, 3000 BART Way, Fremont. This is a great opportunity for riders, aged 65 years and older, to continue their 62.5 percent BART senior discount and switch to a senior Clipper Card.

The Clipper Card can be used not only on BART but on AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit (including ferries), SamTrans, Caltrain, Muni and Santa Clara Valley Transit (VTA). The event will last from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is a convenient way to pick up a senior or adult Clipper Card and learn details about this transit card from BART Customer Service staff. Local bakery, "Nothing Bundt Cakes," will have a cake-tasting table to sweeten the deal!

To get your senior Clipper Card, please bring valid government-issued identification (ID) that shows you are eligible for the senior discount. Examples of an acceptable ID include a valid passport, California State ID or driver's license, San Francisco City ID or a Mantricula Consular/Consular, Alien Registration/Permanent Resident card.

The Clipper Card is a universal fare payment card created by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) aimed to provide transit customers a convenient way to pay for transit fares on most of the public transit systems that operate in the Bay Area. Until you get your senior Clipper Card, you can still use BART's senior green paper tickets. Although BART was required to reduce the number of retail outlets that sell discounted BART tickets, you can still get the green tickets by mail. Call Donna Numoto for details at 510 464-7121.

If you miss this special outreach event, getting your senior Clipper card requires some planning. You will have to bring your ID and a completed Clipper Card application to a participating transit agency or to BART staff at another Clipper Card outreach event. If you're close to Oakland, on weekdays you can obtain a card at BART's Lake Merritt Station at 800 Madison Street or at AC Transit's office at 1600 Franklin Street. In San Francisco, go to the Ferry Building or MUNI's office at 1 South Van Ness Avenue.

Since August 1, 2011 BART has reached out to its customers by hosting 185 outreach events, including 14 that were held in the Fremont, Union City and Newark area where staff distributed 1,220 Clipper Cards to seniors. To make sure more seniors get access to Clipper Cards, BART is working with MTC to evaluate the existing card distribution system to determine what additional services and locations are needed to serve our customers.

For other BART outreach events call the Clipper Card staff toll-free at 1 877 878 8883 or visit www.bart.gov/news/articles/2012/news20120102.aspx.

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