Photo by Steve Rhodes
Rumors of “no more paper Fast Passes” have been flying around on Twitter. We knew it was coming (thanks to SFAppeal’s Chris Roberts) but we hadn’t heard about any official date from SFMTA until this week, when we found an announcement on SFMTA’s purchasing page:
The SFMTA is moving to TransLink! Online sales of monthly paper passes will end after June 22, 2010 (July pass sales period)
June 22, as in, less than two weeks from now?
We emailed SFMTA and talked to spokesperson Murray Bond. Here’s the skinny:
The last day to purchase monthly paper Fast Passes online at sfmta.com is June 22. They can also be purchased online at Translink.org through June 16 and thereafter at Clippercard.com. The paper passes will be phased out in October and customers must load them on a Clipper card beginning November 1.
You’ll need a Translink/Clipper card before November 1. To get one, see SFMTA’s site for a list of TransLink/Clipper card giveaways. If you don’t get the card at one of these giveaways, the cards are $5 (unless you choose the Autoload option).
If you use Wage Works, CommuterCheck, or some other employer-benefit system to buy your pass, you’ll need to tell your employer-benefit system to start loading your Fast Pass onto your Clipper Card before November 1.
Translink is changing its name to Clipper on June 16.
So, there it is. There will be no more paper Fast Passes after October 2010. A long, colorful era will come to an end.
More questions? Translink’s FAQ has some good answers. We’re sure many Muni Diaries readers will offer further nuggets of advice here, so have at it in comments, please.
Here’s a look at Fast Passes through the years (photos after the jump).
Photo by Troy Holden
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Special thanks to Akit for all his diligent reporting on this and many other Muni-related matters.