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Your SmartPass Comes on a Clipper Card

SmartPass LogoThe VTA SmartPass (formerly VTA Eco Pass) is incorporated onto a "Clipper Card," the reloadable smart card used for electronic transit fare payment in the Bay Area.

Get Your SmartPass

Students Standing at Bus StopTo get your SmartPass, you must pick up a personalized Clipper Card from the Office of College Life.

  • Keep your Clipper Card! It's automatically reloaded with the SmartPass each quarter that you remain enrolled at De Anza.
    (If you take fall, winter or spring quarters off the SmartPass will be disabled the third week of that quarter. You can take summer quarter off without your SmartPass being disabled. You will need to get a new one if you come back after it has been disabled.)
  • Your Clipper Card can be used for other transportation agencies if you add funds or other passes to the card. These will still be valid even after you have left De Anza.

SmartPass VTA Routes to De Anza

The VTA SmartPass provides all De Anza students unlimited rides on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail within Santa Clara County for the duration of a quarter term. The SmartPass is valid only for VTA services within Santa Clara County.

Currently seven bus lines — VTA routes 23, 25, 81, 53, 54, 55 and 323 — stop at De Anza. Routes 53, 54 and 55 connect to the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station. Route 81 connects to the Mountain View and Santa Clara Caltrain Stations.

If there's no easy route for you to commute by bus to school, you can still take advantage of the SmartPass on weekends or any other convenient time.

How to Use Your Clipper Card

Clipper CardThe Clipper Card for your SmartPass is a proximity card.

To use it, locate the Clipper Card reader at the entrance of the transit vehicle, fare gates or station and hold your card flat against the Clipper logo until you hear a beep or the gates open.

We highly recommended that you register your Clipper Card with Metropolitan Transportation Commission, especially if you think you might add value and other passes besides the SmartPass (BART, CalTrain, Muni, etc.).

If you do not register your card and you lose it, you will lose all non-SmartPass values you have placed on the card. To register go to www.clippercard.com and click on the "Register a card" link on the top left side of the page. You will need to create a My Clipper account.

When Can You Use the SmartPass?

The VTA SmartPass is valid seven days a week for VTA buses and light rail ONLY within Santa Clara County. The SmartPass is valid as long as you are a registered student at De Anza College through the third week of the upcoming quarter and all of summer quarter. It will remain active as long as you are a student. If you take fall, winter or spring quarters off the SmartPass will be disabled the third week of that quarter. You can take summer quarter off without your SmartPass being disabled.

The VTA SmartPass is not valid on Express Services, ACE, Amtrak, BART, Caltrain, Highway 17 Express, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit, and SamTrans.

How is the SmartPass Program Funded?

All enrolled De Anza students are eligible for the VTA SmartPass program through a mandatory quarterly fee,which was established by the De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB) during a spring 2011 proposition vote that passed 985 to 124 and was approved by the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees.

Part-time students with 0 to 5.9 units pay $5.75 per quarter, part-time students with 6 to 11.9 units pay $6.75 per quarter, and full-time students with 12 or more units pay $7.75 per quarter.

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