VTA fares are changing effective January 1, 2018!

  • Clipper customers will get unlimited free transfers on VTA buses and light rail. Just tag your card every time you board, and you won’t be charged for trips taken within 2 hours of your first tag. (Customers transferring from local to express service will receive a credit for the local fare, but will need to pay the fare difference.)
    • Any fares you pay will apply towards a Day Pass. Once you pay the daily maximum, your rides on designated services will be free the rest of the day.
  • All Community Bus routes will become regular bus routes with a standard local fare.
  • See the table below for detailed fare and pass price changes. (Please note that the cost of single-ride fares for senior and disabled customers is not changing.)
VTA Fares Effective January 1, 2018
(January pass)
Adult Local Fares
Local Single Ride $2.25
Local Day Pass $7
Monthly Pass $80
Adult Express Fares
Express Single Ride $4.50
Express Day Pass $13.50
Express Monthly Pass $160
Youth Fares
(local and express routes)
Single Ride $1
Day Pass $3
Monthly Pass $30
Senior/Disabled Fares
(local and express routes)
Day Pass $3
Monthly Pass $30

Prepare for these changes:

Manage your transit benefits by contacting your provider or logging into your transit benefit account.

Make sure your Autoload payment method has sufficient funds available. This includes transit benefit debit cards. Clipper recommends adding a backup credit card for your Autoload purchases if you haven’t already done so.

No refunds will be granted for costs resulting from blocked Clipper cards.

Questions about these fare changes? Visit VTA for details.

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.

Download the Clipper on VTA guide.


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