Today’s Headlines

  • Supervisor Wiener Proposes Funding Muni Fixes Over Youth Passes (SFExamCity Insider)
  • More SF Transit Advisories Ahead of Today’s Giants Parade (MuniDiariesCycleliciousSVTU, CBS)
  • Sunday’s Infamous Muni Bus Smasher Identified, Arrested (ABCCBSKRON)
  • Hayes Valley Farm Spared by Supes During Central Freeway Redevelopment (CurbedSF)
  • Two Girls Hit by Car Driver at Clayton School During “Out of Control” Drop-Off Period (CoCo Times)
  • Man Killed by Embarcadero BART Train Saturday was 2007’s Burning Man Arson (KTVU)
  • Santa Rosa to Consider Jennings Ave. SMART Track Bike/Ped Crossing Options (PressDemo)
  • Santa Clara VTA to Recommend El Camino Real Road Diet With Bus, Bike Access (Roadshow)
  • MTC Ranks Bay Area Pavement Condition Only 66 Out of 100, Third Year in a Row (BusinessWire)
  • Bay Bikers Blog Offers Tips on Avoiding Bike Theft

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    The MTC really really really missed a huge opportunity to get hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents Clipper Cards. There should have been booths, spokespersons on every news outlet discussing the card and where to get them, free cards w/ autoload set up.

    Instead you have BART with 30+ min ticket lines and Caltrain just giving up on fare enforcement (just like 2010). Now you have commuters and people with tickets being left at stations because fare evaders are packed onto trains.

    Epic fail. Plus, you’d have so many more people with Clipper Cards. Why don’t people have them? They find them hard to get, reload, etc. But if properly explained and shown benefits (eg skipping ticket lines).

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had a different experience. On my local bus line, the 24, I’d say 3/4 of people board using Clipper to pay. Perhaps that’s due to my proximity to a MUNI subway station, where machines dispense and reload cards. Are there any stats out on Clipper adoption rates? 
    What you describe reminds me of FasTrak on state-owned bridges: FasTrak users whiz through while people paying cash wait in lines. When FasTrak was first introduced, the temporarily-reduced toll rate for users spurred adoption. I’m sure if MUNI cost, say, $2.25 or $2.50 in cash but just $2 for Clipper, we’d see use shoot up.

  • mikesonn

    I’m talking about the peninsula and east bay (see: Caltrain & BART). SF (see: Muni) has pretty good market saturation w/ Clipper.

  • mikesonn

    I’m talking about the peninsula and east bay (see: Caltrain & BART). SF (see: Muni) has pretty good market saturation w/ Clipper.

  • Andy Chow

    Two days is not enough time to prepare for such a campaign (especially things can easily turn out the other way).

    Also Clipper cards cost money. If fee is not charged, then people would use it like a single use ticket and encourage abuse like riding to the airport on BART without paying full fare.

  • mikesonn

    Clipper cards free with auto-load set up.

    And they could have at least made announcements on the news. BART spokesperson on news never once mentioned Clipper.

  • Hojo

    There is a fundamental missed opportunity with Clipper. The Oyster card in London (same thing as Clipper; been around a long time; everyone loves them and uses them) gives a discount of up to 50% on the regular fare.

    Clipper gives you no discount, at least not on Muni. WTF?

    The other issue is trust. You cannot look at a Clipper Card and see what value you have on it. If there is a “technology failure”, there is no way to prove that you paid.

  • mikesonn

    There is a discount on Caltrain. Muni already has pretty good saturation, as I said.