Clipper® BayPass Debuts for San Mateo County Residents


Media Contact: Mahmoud Abunie, 650-730-6201

Starting October 31, 2022, select affordable housing communities managed by MidPen Housing in San Mateo, will start receiving free transit passes to use on any transit system in the Bay Area. The free passes will assist socio-economic disadvantaged communities and students. SamTrans — in conjunction with other transit agencies participating in the Clipper fare payment system — is excited to take part in the program.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in partnership with Bay Area transit agencies, launched the Clipper BayPass pilot program in August that will provide some 50,000 Bay Area residents free access to all bus, rail, and ferry services in the nine-county region.

Clipper BayPass is the first initiative to be implemented based on recommendations of the Regional Fare Coordination/Integration Study, an 18-month study led by MTC and BART that focused on creating a more customer-friendly transit fare system in the Bay Area.

“The Clipper BayPass for communities and students in San Mateo County and across the Bay Area is a major accomplishment for the region and will continue to show the power of transit ridership in the County.” said Peter Ratto, SamTrans Board Chair.

“MidPen Housing is committed to supporting our residents’ economic empowerment and well-being. Our residents often face transportation and access barriers, and the Clipper BayPass presents significant cost-savings for our communities amidst trying financial times.,” said Danielle McCluskey, director of Resident Services for MidPen Housing.

“We believe building in transit-rich areas and providing access to opportunities like these can support economic stability, mobility, and ultimately resident prosperity. We’re excited to be part of an equity-driven initiative that supports improved access to education, jobs, and healthcare.”

The MTC will provide funds to transit agencies to offset the revenue impacts of the Clipper BayPass pilot, which is expected to conclude at the end of 2024.


About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.

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