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SFMTA adds Clipper card readers to San Francisco's cable car system


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has supplied conductors on the city’s cable car system with handheld Clipper card readers.

The readers deduct a fare from cash value loaded on a Clipper card, as well as automatically load passes and other products onto a rider’s card, agency officials said in a prepared statement. The older version of the handheld readers could not deduct cash fares or download a product to a Clipper card.

In the past, full implementation of the Clipper system on cable cars was limited by the lack of power and communications systems on the historic vehicles, SFMTA officials said.

“The new handheld readers will make commuting by cable car much easier and more convenient for our customers who pay their fare with a Clipper card,” Acting SFMTA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Debra Johnson said.

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