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Clipper on VTA

Clipper is an all-in-one transit "smart" card that you can load transit passes and electronic cash value to use on the Bay Area transit systems.

VTA has transitioned to Clipper. Monthly passes (adult, express, youth and RTC) are only available on Clipper. If you do not have a monthly pass on your clipper card then the system will charge you the cost of one single ride. If you are using an adult clipper card you will be charged the cost of an adult single ride. You must have a youth, RTC or senior clipper card in order to be charged the discounted single ride rate.

Monthly Passes (Standard and Express)

1) Get a Clipper card.  They are available: 
    * At Clipper retailers: A list of Clipper retailers in Santa
      Clara County can be  
      found at 
    * Online at
    * By phone at 877.878.8883
    **Youth, Senior & Disabled Clipper Applications and eligibility information** 

2) Load the card. VTA monthly passes for your Clipper card can be purchased: 
    * At Clipper retailers
    * Online at
    * By Phone at 877.878.8883
    * Using your transit benefits at work: For more information about using  
      transit benefits to load your Clipper card, visit 

3) Tag the card. When boarding, touch your card to the Clipper logo on the card reader. On buses, the card reader is located on board. On the lightrail, the Clipper reader is found on the platform next to a ticket vending machine; you must tag your clipper card to the card reader before boarding the lightrail (even if you have a monthly pass). Wait for the beep and proceed to board.

Please visit to obtain your card, visit a participating Clipper retailer (a complete list can be found at, or you may obtain a card at VTA ticket offices, at these two locations:

Valley Transportation Authority, Marketing Division
First Street Headquarters
3331 North First Street and River Oaks (Bldg. B - Lobby)
8 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Downtown Customer Service Center
55-A West Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 95113
9am - 6 pm Monday - Friday

More Clipper Information


Notices & Service Alerts

Last update: 07/28/2015

MV to Lockheed Bus Bridge Aug 1 and 2: Substitute bus service will be provided

Rail Repair: N. 1st Street at Hedding & Taylor: Rail Repair Completion scheduled on North 1st street at the intersections of Hedding and Taylor.

Eastbound Arena BRT Station Installation: Shelter installation and platform completion begins.

Bus Stop Relocation-Main&Serra: due to construction