How do I use the Ticket Vending Machine?

You can perform the following transactions on Ticket Vending Machine (TVM):

  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" - valid for two hours from the time of purchase on light rail only
    • "8-Hour Excursion Pass" - valid for eight hours from the time of purchase on light rail only
    • "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 valid for day of purchase on bus and light rail
  2. Insert payment. machines 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.

Ticket vending machine showing where various buttons are located