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Silicon Valley’s Clipper all-in-one transit card finally adds Apple Pay

Silicon Valley would possibly appear to be a shining beacon of technological progress to some onlookers, however it may be weirdly hit or miss — like how the San Francisco Bay Space has lengthy had a bodily tap-to-pay card that’ll allow you to onto virtually each type of public transit, and but by no means allow you to merely faucet your cellphone or smartwatch to do the identical.

Till as we speak — as a result of beginning as we speak, , together with its Specific Mode the place you don’t have to wake the machine or open an app first.

Now you can use virtually any latest iPhone or Apple Watch to board BART (which serves the East Bay and San Francisco), Muni (San Francisco’s bus and light-weight rail system), Caltrain (which connects San Francisco to the peninsula and South Bay), VTA (South Bay buses and light-weight rail), and even the ferry. (.)

Which means journey throughout virtually all the city and suburban Bay Space with out pulling a pockets out of your purse or pocket — significantly since lots of these automobiles additionally match bikes on board. It’s not fairly as vital , since that rail community spans a whole nation, but it surely’s an enormous deal for tech staff and natives like me.

Or it could be, if I ever work in an workplace once more. Not a lot demand for that in the intervening time! However I used to take the Caltrain and both BART or Muni to work every day, and Clipper was my fixed companion.

There are just a few caveats nonetheless: you’ll be able to solely load any given Clipper Card onto a single machine, so you’ll be able to’t share it throughout an iPhone and an Apple Watch concurrently. (You’ll be able to simply use two playing cards, although, and it helps quite a lot of Clipper passes, not simply money.) You’ll additionally want an iPhone 8 or later, or an Apple Watch Sequence 3 or later, and Apple warns that it’s best to “maintain your plastic Clipper card for Bay Wheels bikeshare use and your RTC [disability discount] card for fare inspection.”

Android customers with Clipper Playing cards ought to see comparable capabilities by way of Google Pay later this spring, .

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