SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) today marked the 10 th anniversary of the Bay Area's Clipper electronic transit-fare payment card. Christened TransLink at the time of its November 2006 debut as a fare-payment option for all AC Transit and Golden Gate Transit and Ferry routes, the system was renamed Clipper in June 2010 to avoid confusion with TransLink systems in Canada and Australia, and to honor the Bay Area's maritime history and the tremendous speed of the clipper ships that revolutionized travel from the East Coast to San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush era.
The Clipper card today is accepted for fare payment by 20 public transit agencies across the Bay Area. Over the last year, riders used Clipper cards to pay fares for nearly half of all transit trips taken in the region - including an average of more than 800,000 fare payments each weekday. During this time, Clipper has been used to pay fares for more than 240 million transit trips, and has processed more than half a billion dollars of transit agency fare revenue. "We are constantly receiving positive feedback from Clipper users," said MTC Commissioner and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who chairs the Commission's Operations Committee. "In general, BART provides 10 to 11 million rides each month, and over 60 percent of those fares are paid for with Clipper." Customers do seem pleased, with a 2015 survey of 2,127 Clipper customers indicating that 97 percent are satisfied with the payment card and 93 percent saying they would recommend it to others.