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Proof of Payment

VTA light rail operates on a proof-of-payment system. You must possess validated fare while on the light rail system. Fare inspectors regularly patrol the system and ask passengers at random to produce a valid transit pass. Violators are subject to fines and can lose their transit privileges.

Fare Types

Light Rail Single Ride Paper Ticket-  A single ride light rail paper ticket is valid for up to (2) hours in any direction only on Light Rail service. It is not acceptable toward the fare on bus service.

Day pass- VTA day passes expire at 2:59 a.m. the day after the date issued.

Monthly pass-  Monthly passes are only valid for the calendar month printed on them.

Clipper- When using Clipper on VTA light rail, customers only need to tap their card on the platform.

EZfare- purchase passes on VTA's mobile ticketing app. Users must activate their ticket before boarding. For more information visit

Fare Compliance

Failure to comply with VTA's fare policy is in violation of California Penal Code 640.  Violation of California Penal Code 640 is punishable up to the maximum penalty allowed by law.

If you have been cited for not having valid fare and need information on how to pay the fine, you can use the Santa Clara County Public Access Traffic Case Information Website. Information can be found by citation number or searching by name.

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Notices & Service Alerts

Last update: 01/19/2018

Bus Bridge due to Rail Construction at Tasman and Old Ironsides: Day and night work, January 27-28, 2018

Temporary Bus Stop Closure on Santa Clara Street at 7th: Bus stop at Santa Clara & 7th Street to be closed temporarily for construction.

Road Lane Closures on E Brokaw Rd. at N First Street, January 16-22, 2018: E Brokaw Rd. Rail Repair and Lane Closures at N First Street, Day and Night from January 16-22, 2018

Bus Bridge due to Rail Construction at West San Carlos and Woz Way: Day and night work January 8-19, 2018