Using Clipper on SMART

You can use Clipper to pay for rides on SMART by adding cash value or a 31-day pass to your card. See the Fares and passes page for more information.

You must have a minimum balance of $3.50 on an adult card or $1.75 on a Youth, Senior or RTC Clipper card if you are paying with cash value. No minimum is required if you are using a 31-day pass.

Tag Your Card

  • Find the Clipper card reader on the SMART platform.
  • Hold your card flat against the Clipper logo on the reader.
  • Wait for the beep and green light.

If the balance on your card is $2 or less after the maximum fare is deducted, the reader will beep twice, and display a yellow light and a “low balance” message. You can board the train, but be sure to tag off at your destination and add value to your card. The reader will beep three times and display a red light if you have not paid a valid fare, and you will not be able to board with your Clipper card.

Tag Off

When you reach your destination, tag off by repeating the steps above.

You must tag off within 4 hours, or you will be charged the maximum one-way fare from your starting point.

Find additional information on how to use Clipper and ways to add value. Clipper also works with a variety of transit benefit programs.

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