Starting Monday, riders will no longer be able to purchase magstripe paper tickets at the 19th Street Oakland BART station.
The transit agency is moving away from paper tickets and moving toward an all-Clipper card fare system by 2020, but will first pilot the program at four locations. The 19th Street Oakland BART station will be the first of the four.
Riders will still be able to enter and exit the 19th Street Oakland BART station with paper tickets and add fare if needed as is currently done using machines in the pay lobby.
BART officials explained that using a Clipper card comes with several advantages, including the option to pay for fares on other Bay Area transit systems, online card registration for auto loading and balance protection if the card is lost or stolen.
By changing to a Clipper-only fare system, transit officials said paper jams will be eliminated at fare gates and lines in and out stations will be shortened.
Clipper card purchase comes with a one-time $3 fee, though BART will hand out free cards on the first three days of each pilot launch. Cards can be otherwise purchased at a number of stations and retailers.
The Embarcadero station will begin the Clipper-only pilot on Aug. 19, Powell Street station on Sept. 3 and Downtown Berkeley on Sept. 24.
Jerold serves as a reporter and San Francisco Bureau Chief for SFBay covering transportation, City Hall, and the Mayor's Office in San Francisco. His work on transportation has been recognized by the San Francisco Press Club. Born and raised in San Francisco, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism. Jerold previously wrote for the San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization. When not reporting, you can find Jerold taking Muni to check out new places to eat in the city.