Contactless fare payment
The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments
has introduced contactless fare payment technology
on the Clean Air Express commuter bus service.
Visa and Mastercard contactless-enabled bank cards
and mobile wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung
Pay, and Fitbit Pay) are accepted. Cash and standard
Clean Air Express monthly and 10-Ride passes
continue to be accepted.
To tap to ride using the same method of contactless
payment on each trip: Tap the payment reader as you
board the bus; a green “Payment Approved” screen
will appear with valid payment types.
If traveling in a group, each rider must pay their
fare separately. Don’t use the same contactless
payment for multiple riders.
Contactless payments are safe and secure.
Check back here for updates and more details on how to tap to pay as
you board the Clean Air Express.
How do I know if I have a contactless-enabled bank
Cards that are contactless-enabled have the
following symbol (on the front or the back) of them:
Many banks and financial institutions have switched
to contactless cards to make payments safer, faster,
and more secure for their customers. Check with your
card issuer if you are unsure if your card is
When you are
ready to ride, just board a Clean Air Express bus
and tap your contactless-enabled card or smart
device onto the payment reader, which looks like
During the six-month demonstration, the Clean Air
Express plans to accept any
Visa or Mastercard that has the contactless symbol
on it or any Visa or Mastercard
placed into a
mobile wallet on your smart devicefor tapping to
pay the fare as you board the Clean Air Express.
The mobile wallets that Clean Air Express plans to
What can I do if I do not have a contactless bank
If you do not have a contactless
bank card, you can:
with your bank to see if they can send you a
contactless-enabled card. There is a phone number on
the back of your bank card that you may use to find
out if your current product has a contactless
Try adding your Visa or
MAstercard credit or debit card to a mobile wallet on
your smart device, and then tap that device to pay
your fare. Just open the mobile wallet on your
smartphone—such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung
Pay—and follow the instructions to enable payment.
Request a contactless card from one of the companies
that offer free contactless prepaid debit cards,
Continue to pay in cash when you board the Clean Air
10-Ride or Monthly Pass from one of our
What are the fares?
fares are calculated when paying with a
contactless payment method
• One-way fare:
$6. Whether you tap to pay with a contactless card
or a smart device, you will be charged $6 for a
one-way fare when you tap the payment reader as you
board (this is a $1 savings compared to the cash
(24-hour) maximum: $10.
See below to
learn more about fare capping.
maximum: $150. See below to learn more about fare
guarantees that you won’t be charged more than $10
per day no matter how many times you ride Clean Air
Express in a 24-hour period—as long as you pay
with the same contactless card or mobile wallet
throughout the day.
advantage of fare capping, you must always use the
same payment method to tap on for your trip. For
example: Don’t use your phone on your morning trip
and then tap your watch or card in the evening. Even
though the same bank card may be linked via both
devices, the payment reader will see them as two
different payment methods
and you will
lose the benefit of fare capping.
concept is true for monthly fare caps: Instead of
paying for a $150 monthly (30-day) pass upfront, you
will be able to tap to pay as you go until you hit
the $150 monthly maximum fare cap. You will never be
charged more than $150 in a 30-day period—as long as
you use the same contactless payment method to tap
on for each trip.
How can I see what transactions have been made on my
All customers can access a card
or device's transaction at
cleanairexpress.littlepay.com. Input your card
details and a full list of transactions can be
viewed or printed.
Can I still pay with cash or a physical pass?
Yes, throughout the
demonstration, Clean Air Express will continue to
accept cash fare payments and both Monthly and
10-Ride Express passes.
Interested in more
Learn more about this method of payment by checking
Tap to Ride