Clipper provides a 10% discount off the adult cash fare for travel within Marin County. Learn more.

Clipper START

Clipper START is a pilot program to provide single-ride discounts to eligible riders. Eligible riders can receive 50% discount off the cash fares on local riders within Marin County. To qualify you must be a resident of San Francisco Bay Area, 19-64 years old and have household income of 200% of the federal poverty level or less. 

You can apply for Clipper START via the online application You can also apply using the paper application in the Clipper START brochure that is available at San Rafael Transit Center or call the Clipper START Customer Service Center at 855-614-9149. Applicants are required to provide proof of income and identity to support their application. Proof of identity documents can be a valid driver’s license, passport, voting card, Mexican ID. Proof of income documents include CalFresh/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, Medi-Cal card, Muni Lifeline card, County benefit eligibility letter, Most recent tax return. Other forms of proof of income or identity may also be considered.

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Discounted fares and passes are available for those who qualify. Youth (ages 5-18), seniors (ages 65+), and persons with disabilities receive 50% off the adult cash fare. Proof of eligibility may be requested when you ride.

Youth and Senior Clipper cards are also available and automatically provide the discounted rate. Learn more about Youth Passes or Senior Clipper cards.

Seniors must have a valid Medicare Card, DMV ID card/license, or senior ID from another California transit service.

Persons with disabilities must have a DMV Disabled Placard ID, RTC card, Medicare card, or ID card for persons with disabilities from another transit service. Personal service assistants are eligible for 50% off the adult cash fare only when accompanying a person with disabilities who has an attendant logo on his/her RTC Discount Card.

Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount Card

The RTC card is available at no charge to qualified persons with disabilities. The card makes it easier for you to demonstrate your eligibility for reduced fares on fixed-route transit, bus, rail and ferry systems throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The RTC card does not determine eligibility for paratransit services.

Applications for the RTC Discount ID Card are accepted at San Francisco Bay Area transit agency locations and forwarded to a central processing office, where application information is verified. Qualified applicants are then mailed the new RTC card.

To apply, please complete an application form and bring it to the Customer Service Center at the San Rafael Transit Center, Monday - Friday, 7 am to 6 pm, or call 415-455-2000.

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