Coins: You can use any U.S. coin up to $1.00 in value. Insert them one at a time. Foreign coins and slugs will be rejected.
Cash: The farebox will accept $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills. Bills need to be unfolded and inserted one at a time.
Note: Fareboxes do not make change. Please use exact fare when boarding.
Purchasing a Day Pass: Tell the bus operator what type of pass you need, insert payment, and a “smart” Day Pass will be issued from the top of the farebox. The Day Pass will be printed to show the date of sale.
Day Pass Tokens: Simply drop your token in the coin insertion slot and a “smart” Day Pass will be automatically issued. The farebox will not accept any tokens other than VTA day pass tokens.
Boarding with a Day Pass: If you are using a “smart” Day Pass, tag it on the target on the left-hand side of the farebox. If you have a Day Pass from light rail, simply show it to the operator.
Boarding with a Clipper Card: Tag Clipper cards on the Clipper reader located next to the farebox.
Transfers: To board using a paper transfer or pass from AC Transit, BART, SamTrans, ACE, or Capitol Corridor, give your transfer or show your pass to the coach operator. To board using a Highway 17 Express or MST pass, just swipe the pass in the magnetic stripe reader.
Fairbox Rollout: The new fareboxes will first start appearing on a limited number of buses operating on these routes: 22, 37, 72, 73, 82 and 168. By later this summer, all VTA buses will have new fareboxes installed.
New Farebox Benefits
The new fareboxes will ensure accurate fare collection and provide information to help VTA better focus its service to the ever-changing needs of its passengers.