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Using a VTA Ticket Vending Machine (TVM)

You may use a VTA Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) to do the following:

  1. Purchase an Adult Clipper card at a TVM for $3 at select light rail platforms.   
  2. Load Clipper e-cash value, VTA Monthly Pass, or other transit agency passes. 
  3. Purchase a  2-Hour Single Ride Pass* 
  4. Purchase a an 8-Hour Excursion Pass*
  5. Redeem a VTA Token for a Day Pass.

*Valid on light rail only.
VTA operates on a proof-of-payment system. Please present your valid ticket when requested by a Fare Enforcement Officer. 

Using a TVM: 

  1. Select one of the following options on the screen:
    • "2-Hour Single Ride" - a Single Ride ticket purchased from a TVM is valid for light rail only and is valid for two hours starting from the time and date of purchase.
    • "8-Hour Excursion Pass" - an Excursion Pass purchased from a TVM is valid on light rail only and is valid for eight hours starting from the time and date of purchase.
    • "Buy an Adult Clipper Card" - New! Customers may purchase a Clipper card for $3 and load Clipper cash value or passes in one transaction. 
    • "Add Value to my Clipper Card"
    • "Use Tokens" - place a VTA Token into the coin slot to exchange for a Day Pass.
  2. Insert payment. TVMs accept coins, $1, $5, $10, $20 bills, day pass tokens, and credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).
  3. Collect your ticket, Clipper card, change, and/or receipt for credit/debit transactions.

Note: TVM's are not Clipper readers, so riders must still tag their Clipper card before boarding a light rail vehicle.

Picture of a Ticket Vending Machine

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