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February 22, 2011 > Clipper coming to VTA

Clipper coming to VTA

Submitted By Metropolitan Transportation Commission

VTA has started phasing in the use of Clipper cards to pay for fares on its buses and light rail vehicles. Passengers can purchase Clipper Cards at VTA locations beginning February 16 and can load "electronic cash" for immediate use on VTA and March Monthly Flash Passes.

Clipper is an all-in-one transit "smart" card, which allows holders to load passes and "electronic cash" value, for use on Bay Area transit systems. Clipper makes public transit more convenient; passengers simply load what they need on one card and no longer have to carry multiple passes. While the passes loaded on to a Clipper card will continue to be transit-system specific (example, a VTA monthly pass), travelers also have the option to load cash value that can be used as fare on any of the transit systems that accept Clipper.

For the first phase of VTA's launch of Clipper, starting February 16, 2011, customers will ONLY be able to purchase VTA monthly passes (adult, express, youth and senior/disabled) and add cash value to their Clipper card.

For unlimited rides on VTA buses and light rail, passengers should load a VTA monthly pass on their Clipper card. VTA's Day Pass and VTA's Annual Passes will NOT be available for purchase during the first phase of VTA's Clipper launch. For passengers without a monthly pass loaded on their Clipper card and using electronic "cash" as fare on VTA vehicles, the system will charge the appropriate Single Ride fare every time they board. VTA will notify customers when day passes become available, at a future date.

When a trip involves more than one system, remember transfer rules will apply when using the Clipper card.

During the first phase of VTA's Clipper launch, cards may be obtained at www.ClipperCard.com or at the VTA ticket offices at VTA Downtown Customer Service Center, 2 North First Street, San Jose and at VTA River Oaks Administrative Offices, 331 North First Street, Building B, San Jose.

For more information, visit www.vta.org/clipper

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