Clipper Cardholder License Agreement - Terms and Conditions (PDF)   (Text version)

YOUR FIRST USE OF THE CLIPPER ® SMART CARD SIGNIFIES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS CLIPPER® CARDHOLDER LICENSE AGREEMENT.

1.  DEFINITIONS

1.1  The Card - is the Clipper® Card licensed to Cardholders to pay transit fares on participating transit systems. The Card is the property of MTC, the Card Issuer. Each Card is uniquely identified by a serial number printed on the back of the Card.

1.2  MTC - is the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

1.3  Cardholder - is the bearer of a Card.

1.4  Service Providers - are transit agencies participating in the Clipper® Fare Payment System (FPS). Current information on Service Providers is available at clippercard.com.

1.5  Clipper® Customer Service Center - is an agent of MTC.

1.6  Registered Card - is a Card for which the Cardholder has provided a valid name, address, phone number and email address (if available) to the Clipper® Customer Service Center for the creation of a record in the Clipper® customer database.

2.  CARD TYPES

2.1  Four types of Clipper® cards are available:

2.1.1  Adult Cards - are available for use on all Service Providers.

2.1.2  Youth Cards - are available for Cardholders eligible for youth discounts offered by Service Providers. Date of birth information will be encoded onto the Card.

2.1.3  Senior Cards - are available for Cardholders eligible for senior discounts offered by Service Providers. Date of birth information will be encoded onto the Card.

2.1.4  Senior/Disabled Cards - are distributed in accordance with the Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount Card Program, which is managed by the Service Providers.

3.  FARE PAYMENT TRANSACTIONS

3.1  Each Service Provider determines the fares and other conditions for use of the Clipper® Card on its transit system.

3.2  For cash transactions, the value of each ride is deducted from the Cardholder's cash balance when he/she uses his/her Card.

3.3  All fares, including promotional or discount fares, are subject to change, review, and withdrawal by the relevant Service Provider at any time.

3.3.1  If the Cardholder is eligible for a discount based on age, date of birth information needs to be encoded onto the Card. The Cardholder's age, as calculated from date of birth, and the Service Provider's existing policy for cash discounts based on age shall determine whether a discount cash fare is deducted at the point of use.

3.4  If a ride costs more than the cash value on the Cardholder's Clipper® card, Clipper® may let the Cardholder complete the trip even if the fare exceeds the Card's remaining value.However, sufficient value must be added to the Card to pay for the prior trip before the Card can be used again.

3.5  If, for any reason, the Card is not accepted for fare payment on a participating Service Provider, the Cardholder may be required by the Service Provider to pay the fare in cash.

4.  ADD VALUE TRANSACTIONS

MTC may require a minimum add value amount when the Cardholder acquires the Card. The maximum amount of cash value that can be stored on any Card is $300 If a Cardholder tries to load cash that causes the Card balance to exceed $300, the entire transaction will not be processed. The Cardholder is responsible for knowing his/her balance.

5.   CARD LOSS AND DAMAGE

5.1  The Cardholder shall not alter or interfere with the graphic or data of the Card and shall take all reasonable measures and care to ensure that the graphic and Card Data are not interfered or tampered with. Cards that have had holes punched in them will be considered damaged and not defective.

5.2  Balance Restoration for Lost, Stolen and Damaged Clipper® Cards:

5.2.1  Only a Registered Card is eligible for card balance protection in the event that a Card is lost, stolen or damaged. A Cardholder may apply to MTC for the cancellation of a lost, stolen or damaged Card and the issuance of a new Card or a refund subject to the payment of any fees, as described in Section 10.

5.2.2  The Cardholder is responsible for any payments made with the Card up until the end of the day on which the Cardholder reports the Card lost, stolen or damaged to the Clipper® Customer Service Center.

5.2.3  When issuing a replacement or refund for a lost, stolen or damaged Card, the Clipper® Customer Service Center will restore the full value of a Registered Card’s balance as of the end of the day that the Card was reported lost, stolen or damaged. If the Cardholder requests a replacement for a damaged Card at an authorized in-person location, the Clipper® Customer Service Center will restore the full value of the balance at the time the damaged Card is surrendered for replacement. Period passes (passes valid for a specified time limit) and stored ride products (multiple-ride discounts) that are restored will have the same expiration date as the fare products that were on the original Card.

5.2.4  A Cardholder with a lost, stolen, damaged or defective Senior/Disabled (RTC Discount) Card may apply for its cancellation and the issuance of a new Senior/Disabled (RTC Discount) Card in accordance with the policies of the RTC Discount Card Program.

5.3  Defective Clipper® Cards
The Cardholder holds the Card at his/her own risk. If the Card malfunctions due to no fault of the Cardholder, he/she may return the Card to the Clipper® Customer Service Center, and MTC shall refund any remaining cash value (except as provided in Section 7.3) or transfer any remaining Card value to a new Card if the Card is returned within one year from the date that the Cardholder first used the Card. If the Clipper® Customer Service Center determines that the card is not defective but has been damaged, the Cardholder may request a replacement card in accordance with Section 5.2.

6.  OPTIONAL FEATURES

6.1  Clipper® Card Registration:

6.1.1  The Cardholder can register his/her Adult Clipper® Card with the Clipper® Customer Service Center by providing a valid name, address, phone number and email address (if available).

6.1.2  All Youth and Senior Clipper® cards, as well as Senior/Disabled cards issued in accordance with the Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount Card Program, are automatically registered.

6.1.3  A Youth, Senior or Senior/Disabled card that has been registered to an individual is not transferable and can be used only by the person identified in the Clipper® customer database.

6.1.4  A Card must be registered in order for the Cardholder to receive a copy of the transaction history record from the Clipper® Customer Service Center.

6.1.5  The Clipper® Customer Service Center may use the contact information associated with Registered Cards to communicate with cardholders about issues related to the Registered Card or the operation of the system per MTC’s Clipper® Privacy Policy, as referenced in Section 12.

6.1.6  MTC reserves the right to decline a request to register a Card or to refuse Registered Card services (refunds, card replacement, etc.) in order to prevent fraudulent use or abuse of Registered Card features and benefits.

6.2  Autoload

6.2.1  By setting up Autoload, the Cardholder authorizes MTC to automatically reload value to his/her Card by means of a bank or credit card account whenever one of the following occurs: (1) the Cardholder's cash or BART High Value Discount balance falls below $10; (2) the Cardholder's transit pass expires (e.g., the first of every month); or (3) the number of stored rides remaining on the Cardholder's Card falls below three.

6.2.2  The Cardholder may request to terminate Autoload at any time by mailing or faxing a written request to the Clipper® Customer Service Center, or by editing the Autoload set-up via the Clipper® website at clippercard.com. In order to complete the Autoload termination process, the Cardholder must tag the Card on a Clipper® card reader after the Clipper® Customer Service Center processes the request. If the Card balance reaches an Autoload threshold identified in Section 6.2.1 before the Autoload termination process is completed, the Card will continue to Autoload the pre-specified value and the Cardholder will be liable for payment.

6.2.3  If Autoload payment for cash value is declined for any reason, the Clipper® Customer Service Center will block the Card. If Autoload payment for BART High Value Discount, a transit pass or stored rides is declined for any reason, the Clipper® Customer Service Center will block that specific transit product from further use. In order to have the value unblocked, the Cardholder must provide a valid payment method on the Clipper® website at clippercard.com or by submitting a signed form to the Clipper® Customer Service Center. The Clipper® Customer Service Center will issue an action to unblock the card or product after collecting funds for the Autoload value.

6.2.4  MTC reserves the right to decline a request to set up a Card for Autoload or to accept an alternative payment (bank or credit card) source in order to prevent fraudulent use or abuse of Autoload features and benefits.

7. REFUNDS

7.1  A Cardholder may request a refund of the remaining cash value on a registered Clipper® card with a minimum $5 cash balance by mailing his/her Card to the Clipper® Customer Service Center with a Refund Request Form. Refunds are subject to the fees in Section 11.

7.2  Requests for refunds for transit passes or stored rides are subject to the policies of the individual Service Providers.

7.3  The Clipper® Customer Service Center will not provide a refund for any Cards that has had value added through a pre-tax or tax-exempt transit benefit program established pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code Section 132, regardless of when value was added or whether value was also added by other means.

8. CARD VALUE

MTC's master record of the Clipper® FPS shall be conclusive evidence of the amount of remaining value on any Card.

9. CARD EXPIRATION

The Cardholder's Card will not expire unless the Card is a Senior/Disabled (RTC) Clipper® Card.

10. CARDHOLDER FEES

The following non-refundable fees will be charged to the Clipper® Cardholder, unless waived by MTC:

10.1  Adult Card Acquisition - $3 (Not applicable when Autoload is set up for an Adult card at the same time the Card is acquired.)

10.2  Card Replacement and Balance Restoration for Adult, Senior or Youth Card - $5

10.3  Failed Autoload Authorization - $5 (Assessed on the second occasion that an Autoload funding source associated with the Card is declined and on every occasion thereafter.)

10.4  Card Refund Processing - $5 (See Section 7.)
The Clipper® program does not govern the fees for RTC Discount Cards. The administrative fees associated with RTC Discount Cards will be set by the Service Providers participating in the RTC Discount Card Program.

11.  RESERVATION

11.1  MTC does not warrant that any particular service and/or facility will be provided by any Service Provider at any time or place.

11.2  No warranty is given that operation of the Card or FPS will be available with any Service Provider at any time or place, and MTC shall not be liable for any loss or damage resulting there from, whether direct, indirect, special or consequential.

11.3  The authorized staff of MTC and the Service Providers shall have the right to inspect any Card and the Card Data therein at any time.

11.4  The authorized staff of MTC and the Service Providers shall have the right to confiscate a Youth, Senior or Senior/Disabled Clipper Card if it is determined that the individual using the Card is ineligible for the discounts granted therein or if it is determined that the Card is otherwise being used fraudulently.

11.5  MTC reserves the right to:

11.5.1  Recover any cost, expenses, loss, and damages incurred or suffered by MTC as a result of Card alteration or interfering with the Card Data.

11.5.2  Waive these conditions or any part thereof against any person.

11.5.3  Block a Card for non-payment of any value owed by the Cardholder.

12.  CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION

12.1  The collection, use and security of information obtained from Cardholders is subject to MTC's Clipper® Privacy Policy, as amended. This policy is consistent with Federal and State laws governing an individual's right to privacy and may be amended from time to time, as deemed necessary by MTC. Any changes to the Privacy Policy will be posted on the Clipper® website, clippercard.com, including the date of the amendment.

12.2  All information and data relating to the Cardholder collected by the Clipper® FPS shall be used by MTC and the Service Providers for the purposes of the operation and management of the FPS and shall serve as a source of information and data for transit and/or related services in general but shall otherwise be dealt with in a confidential manner by MTC and the Service Providers unless:

(a)  The Cardholder's express written consent has been obtained; and/or

(b)  Otherwise required by law or ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.

12.3  The Cardholder retains the right to review and edit all personal information pertaining to his/her account, whether stored electronically or on paper. Any inquiry or request to obtain information, in accordance with the above provisions, should be directed in writing to the Clipper® Customer Service Center. The Clipper® Customer Service Center is only able to provide transaction history data for the prior 60-day period. MTC may adopt procedures for the review of such information, including but not limited to charging a fee for processing requests for access to personal information.

13.  TERMINATION

13.1  MTC may terminate this Agreement at any time and for any reason.

15.3  Following termination, the Cardholder will remain responsible for payment of amounts owed under this Agreement. If the Cardholder's cash balance is insufficient to cover outstanding charges, the Cardholder will remain liable for all such amounts. If such unpaid charges are not properly remitted, the Cardholder may become liable for additional service charges, fines, or penalties, in accordance with applicable law.

14.  CHANGES TO THIS AGREEMENT

MTC reserves the right to change the terms of this Agreement and any associated policies at any time by providing written notice on the Clipper® website at clippercard.com. The Cardholder will be deemed to have received such notice thirty (30) days after posting of that notice on the Clipper® website. The Cardholder signifies agreement with the changes when he/she uses the Card after that date.

15.  RELEASE AND INDEMNITY

The Cardholder hereby releases MTC from all loss, damage, or injury whatsoever, known or unknown, arising out of or in any manner connected with the use or performance of the Card issued to the Cardholder. Neither MTC, its officers, employees, nor its agents will have any obligation or liability with respect to the Cardholder use or the performance of the Card. The Cardholder's sole and exclusive recourse from MTC will be replacement of any defective Card(s). The Cardholder agrees to indemnify, protect, and hold harmless MTC, its officers, employees, and its agents from any and all liability for any loss, damage, or injury to persons or property arising from or related to the Card and/or the Agreement.

16.  FAILURE TO COMPLY

16.1  Failure to comply with any portion of this agreement may result in MTC's blocking the use of the Card.

16.2  When the Card is blocked in accordance with Section 18.1 above, the refund of any remaining value on the Card shall be at the absolute discretion of MTC and subject to such conditions as MTC deems fit including surrender of the Card and deduction of any amount due or payable by the Cardholder to MTC and/or any Service Provider.

17.  COMMUNICATION

Please address all questions, notifications, and communications to:
Clipper® Customer Service Center
P.O. Box 318
Concord, CA 94522-0318
Tel: 877.878.8883; TTY/TDD: 711 or 800.735.2929 and type Clipper
Fax: 925.686.8221
clippercard.com

Updated: September 2012