WETA Seeks Public Comment on Clipper START Discounted Fares

Public Notice: Proposed Fares for Clipper START Means-Based Fare Pilot Program

Tarifas propuestas para el programa piloto Clipper START de tarifas basadas en los ingresos

Clipper START基于收入的票价试点计划的建议票价  


NOTE: Public hearing has been rescheduled for October 8, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.

WETA, the agency that provides San Francisco Bay Ferry service, is seeking public input on proposed changes to its fare structure.

On September 3, 2020, the WETA Board of Directors set a public hearing on new fares related to San Francisco Bay Ferry joining the regional Clipper START pilot program. Under the Clipper START pilot, lower-income transit riders can receive discounted fares on participating Bay Area transit systems. Pending approvals from the WETA Board and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), WETA staff is working with MTC to determine a start date for the discounted fares. This could be as early as November 2020. A tentative launch date will be announced as soon as it is determined.

No fare changes are proposed for ferry passengers who are not eligible for Clipper START. The proposed one-way fares for eligible Clipper START members are:

  • Alameda/Oakland route: $3.60
  • Harbor Bay route: $3.70
  • Richmond route: $4.60
  • South San Francisco route: $4.70
  • Vallejo route: $7.50
  • All Short Hop routes: $0.80

The fares represent a 50 percent discount from the adult cash fare for each San Francisco Bay Ferry route. This proposal is subject to change based on direction from the WETA Board of Directors.

Regional Clipper START fare discounts are currently available to qualifying Bay Area residents on four of the region’s largest transit operators: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Caltrain, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD), and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). MTC is working to expand the pilot program to offer discounts on additional transit systems in the region and the WETA Board of Directors has previously expressed strong interest in participating.  In order to qualify for the program discount, a person must be between the ages of 19 and 64 and earn no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. You can see if you qualify at https://www.clipperstartcard.com/s/faqs. Information on applying for the Clipper START fare discount program is available at https://www.clipperstartcard.com/s/application

We request feedback from the public via email at fareprogram@watertransit.org or by mail to WETA; Pier 9, Suite 111; San Francisco, CA 94111. The deadline for public comment via these methods is September 30, 2020. The public can also provide public comment during the hearing during the WETA Board of Directors meeting on October 8, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom. Information on joining the meeting will be provided at weta.sanfranciscobayferry.com in late September.