How it works:
When you exit BART at Daly City (regardless if you pay with e-cash or HVD), you will automatically receive an e-transfer encoded on your card. When boarding a Muni bus (14L, 28, 28L, and 54) and tagging your card, you will receive a free ride and get your card automatically encoded for a free ride back to the BART station within 24 hours.
[Big secret] perk:
The Clipper system is a little bit dumb. Let's say you exited BART and took the 28-19th Avenue bus away from the station. You get off at Geary Blvd. & Park Presidio and you want to transfer to the 38L. Because the Clipper system (for Muni) does not know what bus route you are riding or which direction, your second ride (on the 38L) is FREE. This works on all Muni lines, it doesn't have to be the 38L.
This basically means, you get two free rides regardless of whatever line and direction you take, as long as you meet these minimum rules:
- You tag your card on a Muni bus within one hour of exiting Daly City BART.
- You take your second ride on a Muni bus within 24-hours when you complete the above task.
One disadvantage is if someone picks you up from the station or you take your car home from the BART lot. If you take a paper transfer and get an alternate ride home, getting back to BART via Muni is free because you still have a piece of paper giving you the right to a free ride back. But with going Clipper only, your free ride the next day is void because of the one hour rule when exiting the station.
The second (and WORST) disadvantage is if you ride the SF State shuttle. This is going to be the biggest headache. Back in May 2011, I mentioned about this big problem and said the easiest way to beat the problem is with the yellow paper transfer.
Here's the problem: Let's say you exited Daly City BART, earned your e-transfer on your card, and take the free SF State shuttle away from the station. When you want to return to BART from SF State, you are left with two options:
- Take the SF State shuttle back to Daly City BART (free ride, no Clipper required).
- Take the 28 or 28L bus back to Daly City BART, and it will cost you $2 because after one hour after you received your e-transfer from leaving the BART station, it becomes VOID on the Muni ride back.
Is there an easy solution? The answer is no. You have to remind yourself:
- "If I take the SF State shuttle to campus, I must take the shuttle back to BART."
- OR: "If I take the Muni 28/28L to campus, I have the option to take either the SF State shuttle or 28/28L back to BART."