VTA’s SmartPass is an annual calendar-year pass available for institutions within Santa Clara County. It's a deeply-discounted pass, making it a low-cost benefit to participating organizations.

SmartPass is like an insurance plan – by paying for a large group of program participants, the per-participant costs are shared. All the group’s participants have an opportunity to use their SmartPass as often as they need or choose; whether they are daily VTA riders, use the service occasionally, or are completely new to public transit. Organizations will be able to provide program participants with a high-value benefit at a minimal cost.

Who's Eligible?

  • Employers
  • Colleges
  • Residential Developments

*Not for individual purchase


Depending on your organization’s category, geographic location, and size, annual passes may be purchased from $20.75 to $180.00 per year per participant for unlimited rides on VTA buses and light rail. That’s a bargain compared to $990 for an Adult Annual Pass.

To calculate your annual rate per participant:

1. Determine your SmartPass Category.

2. Determine your Service Level.

3. Determine your Annual Rate per Participant.

Benefits of Joining

SmartPass is loaded on a Clipper card, which can be used for transit agencies across the  Bay Area

The SmartPass Institutional portal allows coordinators to administer the program and view usage reports.

VTA’s SmartPass program may satisfy some city or commute benefit ordinances such as Senate Bill No. 1128.

Reduce your organization's environmental impact and parking demand by offering alternatives.

Save employees, residents, and students from the expenses and hassles of driving and parking. They'll thank you.


Complete and email the SmartPass Agreement Form to