Silicon Valley may look like a shining beacon of technological development to some observers, however locals understand it can be strangely struck and miss out on– like how the San Francisco Bay Location has long had a physical tap-to-pay card that’ll let you onto almost every type of public transit, and yet never ever let you just tap your phone or smartwatch to do the exact same.
Up until today– due to the fact that beginning today, the Clipper Card supports Apple Pay, including its Express Mode where you do not require to wake the gadget or open an app initially.
You can now utilize practically any current iPhone or Apple Watch to board BART (which serves the East Bay and San Francisco), Muni (San Francisco’s bus and light rail system), Caltrain (which links San Francisco to the peninsula and South Bay), VTA (South Bay buses and light rail), and even the ferryboat. (Discover directions here.)
That suggests travel throughout almost the whole metropolitan and rural Bay Location without pulling a wallet out of your handbag or pocket– especially given that a number of those lorries likewise fit bikes on board. It’s not rather as substantial as when Apple Pay concerned Japan’s Suica in 2016, because that rail network covers a whole nation, however it’s a huge offer for tech employees and locals like me.
Or it would be, if I ever operate in a workplace once again. Very little need for that at the minute!
There are a couple of cautions still: you can just fill any offered Clipper Card onto a single gadget, so you can’t share it throughout an iPhone and an Apple Watch. (You can simply utilize 2 cards, however, and it supports a range of Clipper passes, not simply money.) You’ll likewise require an iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 or later on, and Apple cautions that you must “keep your plastic Clipper card for Bay Wheels bikeshare usage and your RTC [disability discount] card for fare examination.”
Android users with Clipper Cards must see comparable abilities through Google Pay later on this spring, and you must have the ability to purchase a card straight through Google Maps.