Thank you for choosing De Anza College to pursue your academic career. As a De Anza student, you can enjoy unlimited rides on VTA bus and light rail lines.
You are eligible to use the SmartPass VTA transit pass provided that you are enrolled in classes for the quarter and are in good standing with your fees.
Follow These Steps ...
Register for classes
Go to MyPortal to register for your classes. You will be automatically charged a mandatory SmartPass fee — Part-time students with 0 to 5.5 units pay $5.75 per quarter, part-time students with 6 to 11.5 units pay $6.75 per quarter, and full-time students with 12 or more units pay $7.75 per quarter.
Get Your Personalized Clipper Card
You must get your personalized Clipper Card from the Office of College Life. Keep this card. It's automatically reloaded with the SmartPass each quarter that you remain enrolled
at De Anza. (If you take fall, winter or spring quarter off, your SmartPass will be disabled the
third week of that quarter. You can take summer quarter off without your SmartPass
being disabled. Your Clipper card should automatically get reactivated if you come
back, but if it does not you will need to come in to get a new one.)
Your Clipper Card can be used for other transportation agencies if you add funds or other passes to the card.
Register Your Clipper Card Online with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Go to www.clippercard.com and click on the "Register Card" link on the top of the page. You will need to create a My Clipper account. If you do not register your card and you lose it, you will lose all non-SmartPass values you have placed on the card. If you place other values on to the Clipper Card, you will be able to use it for multiple transit agencies.
Enjoy Unlimited Rides on VTA Buses and Light Rail within Santa Clara County
Currently five bus lines — VTA routes 23, 25, 51, 55 and Rapid 523 — stop at De Anza. For finding the best routes VTA recommends using the Transit app for Apple iOS and watchOS and Google Android devices. You can also look up VTA Routes and Maps, and use their Trip Planner on their website.
The VTA SmartPass is valid seven days a week for all VTA buses and light rail within Santa Clara County except Express services. 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 quarter off, your SmartPass will be disabled the third week of that quarter. You can take summer quarter off without your SmartPass being disabled. Your Clipper card should automatically get reactivated if you come back, but if it does not you will need to come in to get a new one.
The VTA SmartPass is not valid on Express Services, ACE, Amtrak, BART, CalTrain, Highway 17 Express, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Muni, and SamTrans.
To use your Clipper card, 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.
The SmartPass is for currently enrolled De Anza students only. Any other use constitutes fraud.
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