BART riders can’t use their Clipper “smart” cards on the AirBART shuttle because….
Regional transit officials say they sympathize with tired travelers who just want to use their cards, climb on the bus and catch their flights. But bureaucratic squabbles and abstruse coding make that unlikely ever to happen.
“Of course, it would be ever so much easier if a traveler headed to or from the airport could use a Clipper card,” said John Goodwin, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees Clipper cards. “It would make things a lot easier, a lot more customer-friendly.”
But don’t expect anything to change, Goodwin said.
“Doing that would require a lot more (computer) code to be written and would require a lot more money to be spent,” Goodwin said. In short, programmers would have to rewrite the BART fare program to run on a card reader designed for a bus. The original BART code can’t simply be loaded on a different type of reader, Goodwin said. He couldn’t give an estimate of how much it would cost.
So basically, BART can’t get reimbursed for Clipper trips that involve a bus? That is some unbelievably retarded programming. No doubt the persons in charge will get shit-canned, right?