Using Clipper on VTA

You can use Clipper on all VTA bus and light-rail routes.

To pay your fare with Clipper on a VTA bus, locate the Clipper card reader on the bus. Tag your card by holding it flat against the Clipper logo on the reader, and wait for the beep and green light. The card reader either will verify that you have a valid pass and display the expiration date or will deduct the cash value fare and show your remaining balance.

If your card balance is low, the reader will beep twice and display both green and yellow lights. You can still board the bus, but you will need to add value to your card before your next trip. If you do not have enough value on your card, the reader will beep three times and display a red light, and you will not be able to pay your fare with Clipper.

To use Clipper on VTA light-rail routes, locate a Clipper card reader on the station platform near the ticket machines. You must tag your card before boarding the light-rail vehicle. Tag your card by holding it to the Clipper logo on the reader until you hear it beep and see the green light. The reader will show your remaining cash balance or pass expiration date.

NOTE: Customers riding VTA light rail are allowed up to 2 hours to complete their trip. The 2-hour period begins once your card is tagged to a reader at a light-rail station. Do not tag your card again within this 2-hour period, or you will be charged another fare. Your trip must be completed within this 2-hour window.

Find additional information on how to use Clipper and ways to add value. Clipper also works with a variety of transit benefits programs.

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