As of the end of this month, AC Transit youth discount passes made of paper will officially become dinosaurs of the last century. Starting June 30, the 31-day discount card will only be available for purchase as an electronic TransLink card, obtainable at upcoming AC Transit outreach events (listed on www.actransit.org) and at the AC Transit ticket office at 1600 Franklin Street in Oakland.
The paper discount pass will be accepted aboard AC Transit buses through July 31. Unused rides can be transferred to the new paperless card at the ticket office or online.
The downside? According to the TransLink website, commuters should still carry a little cash in the unanticipated event the card doesn’t work. The upside? A single TransLink card can be used aboard Muni, BART, CalTrain, and Golden Gate transit. If reported lost or stolen, the card — stamped with the holder’s name and photo — will become invalid and a new one will be issued. Also, the card can be “loaded” with any amount of cash, according to AC Transit.
Take note, as of June 16 TransLink will be rebranded as “Clipper.” Why? You’re guess is as good as mine.