Commuters in San Francisco can now use their transportation-fare card to pay for parking in city garages.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it will conduct a "Park with Clipper" pilot program in some of the city's garages.

The agency launched the Clipper card in 2010. The card is accepted for payment on AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, Muni, SamTrans, San Francisco Bay Ferry and VTA, with other services planned for the future, the agency states in a press release.

Before using Clipper to pay for parking, drivers must add funds designated for parking online or through a Clipper customer service representative. Commuters can also set up automatic reloads by linking to a credit card, debit card or bank account, the agency says.

When leaving a garage, drivers approaching the exit gate tag their Clipper cards to a Clipper card reader, adjacent to the regular ticket and payment machine, to open the gate and initiate the payment.

The card works at Japan Center, North Beach, Performing Arts, Moscone Center and Mission Bartlett garages. The agency says the project is open-ended, with no specific end date. 

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