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September 18, 2012 > Clipper Cards are the smart way to travel

Clipper Cards are the smart way to travel

Submitted By Brandi Childress

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) urges students to ride public transit as the cool, green way to go to school; to do so requires a Clipper card. VTA customers, including students, pay for rides on VTA bus and light rail using the re-loadable, all-in-one "smart card" which allows riders to load a monthly pass or carry an electronic cash balance that can be deducted one trip at a time.

Adding value to the Clipper card is fast and easy and can be done over the phone or online; however, parents must visit VTA offices to submit a one-time application and show proof of age to obtain their child's first Clipper card.

Youth can apply for a Clipper card at VTA's Downtown Customer Service Center at 2 N. First St., San Jose and at the VTA River Oaks Administrative Offices located at 3331 N. First St., San Jose. To download an application form for a Clipper Youth card and view a list of acceptable forms of identification, visit The application must be submitted in person to be processed. Parents can call VTA's customer service center at (408) 321-2300 for more information.

In addition to being able to load cash value and monthly passes over the phone and online at, parents can also add value at retail locations throughout Santa Clara County, including most Bay Area Walgreens stores. Customers can even set up an account online to automatically load cash value or monthly passes using a credit/debit card or bank account.

For more information, call VTA's Customer Service at 408-321-2300, TTY (408) 321-2330; or visit or call Clipper Customer Service at 877-878-8883.

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