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Sonoma County Transit adds Clipper card for easy fares


Sonoma County Transit adds Clipper card for easy fares

Clipper, the Bay Area’s Fare Collection System comes to Sonoma County.

Santa Rosa CityBus is joined by Sonoma County Transit and Petaluma Transit in launching use of the Clipper fare collections system.  Santa Rosa CityBus is excited to join the extensive list of Bay Area transit operators currently offering Clipper as a fare collection option: AC Transit, including Dumbarton Express, BART, Caltrain, County Connection, Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit, SamTrans, Muni, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Francisco Bay Ferry, Tri-Delta Transit, Napa VINE, WestCAT, WHEELS, SolTrans, FAST and Vacaville City Coach.

In addition to paying cash fares, Clipper cards can hold transit passes and are programed to provide transfer discounts within CityBus trips and for Sonoma County Transit and Golden Gate Transit trip.  Transit riders will be able to purchase Clipper cards, add cash value and buy any type of transit pass offered in the Bay Area at the CityBus office in City Hall. Passes and tickets are specific to each transit system.

Clipper users will have the option to set up Autoload, which automatically reloads Clipper cards whenever a pass expires or cash or parking value balance falls below a designated level.  Clipper fares are the same as all CityBus fares with discounts cards for youth, seniors and people with disabilities.  A new adult Clipper card costs $3.  Clipper will waive the fee if you order your card online and sign up for Autoload.  Learn how to get a Clipper card today!

Clipper Customer Service Center
TDD/TTY: 711 or 800.735.2929
M - F: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sat - Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Santa Rosa CityBus provides fixed-route service within the City limits. Seventeen fixed routes are operated with wheelchair accessible, low-floor buses, which can accommodate up to 2 bikes on the bike rack attached to the front of each bus. The CityBus route structure is designed around a timed-transfer method of providing service. Buses serving different routes arrive and depart (pulse) at the downtown Transit Mall and other designated transfer locations at routine, periodic intervals.  

Sonoma County Transit - bus fares and Clipper card information

On December 8, 2015, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved new fare rates and polices for Sonoma County Transit, effective Sunday, January 17, 2016. The changes include: an increase to the Base or 1st zone fare, a reduction in the number of intercity fare zones, new fare zone rates, replacing the “Student” fare category with “Youth” (applying to passengers 18 years and under) and revising the “Senior” fare category from 60 years to 65 years. These changes are necessary in order to ready Sonoma County Transit’s fare program for the Clipper Regional Transit card that will be introduced in early 2016.