Clipper START Means-Based Discount Fare Program


Clipper START Pilot Program

In May 2018, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted Resolution No. 4320, establishing the framework for a Means Based Transit Fare program to offer discounted transit rides to eligible low-income adults on select transit systems in the Bay Area during a pilot period of 12 to 18 months. MTC launched the initial phase of the pilot program on July 15, 2020 with participation of BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit Bus and Ferry, and SFMTA. The pilot program is referred to as Clipper START, and the discount is available to eligible riders who use the Clipper electronic fare payment system to pay their fare.

In August 2020, Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved expanding the Clipper START program to all transit operators that accept Clipper. Marin County Transit District's Board of Directors approved Marin Transit to explore participation in the region’s means-based transit fare pilot program, to offer a 50% discount on the adult cash fare to eligible low-income riders with household incomes of 200 percent of the federal poverty level or lower. The 50% discount is consistent with Golden Gate Transit and SMART’s 50% Clipper START discount and will provide a coordinated Marin County fare policy for local and regional riders. The Clipper START pilot program is scheduled to launch in Marin County in November 2020. For more information on the Clipper START program please visit:

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Marin Transit staff will conduct Title VI Fare Equity Analysis to evaluate the proposed fare change under the Clipper START program and will start a public engagement process. A public hearing will be held before the Marin County Transit Board of Directors on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to have public discussion on Marin Transit participation in the Bay Area means-based transit fare pilot program, and receive public comment in advance of potential approval by the Marin Transit Board of Directors at their October 5, 2020 meeting.

Members of public can attend the meeting either through the webinar, by clicking the meeting link: or listen by calling +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799.

Public comments can be offered until the time of the hearing via the following:

  • Mail: Marin Transit, Attn: Public Hearing Comments 711 Grand Ave, Suite 110, San Rafael, California 94901. Written comments should be received no later than Friday, September 25, 2020. 
  • Telephone: 415-226-0855
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  • Online: click below to submit your comments

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