T.S. helps alleviate automobile traffic to SJSU and reduce impact on the University’s parking facilities. Transportation Solutions is dedicated to serve the commute needs of the students and employees of SJSU. Its region-wide operation supports alternatives to driving alone.
With the Associated Students SmartPass Clipper card and SJSU Tower Card, students and employees can have unlimited free rides on Santa Clara Valley Transportation
Authority (VTA) Local & Rapid buses, Limited routes, and Light Rail lines. The SmartPass
Express bus riders can board Express buses by paying a surcharge of $2.50 per ride
as E-cash loaded on the SmartPass Clipper card.
To obtain a SmartPass Clipper Card submit an online request, then visit the Transportation Solutions center located in Student Union, Room 1800 by 9th Street Plaza. There is a $3 charge for the cost of the Clipper card.
SmartPass Renewal Policy
To renew your SmartPass, visit the Transportation Solutions/General Services cashiering office, present your SmartPass Clipper and Tower Card to the staff and pay the Associated Students fee. All SmartPass Clippers must be renewed by the Last Day To Add Class date in spring or fall semester. The SmartPass Clippers that have not been renewed will be deactivated after the deadline. The fee for renewing the SmartPass after the deadline is the Associated Students semester fee plus $50 for issuing a new SmartPass Clipper Card.
Please note: The SmartPass Clipper renewal fee is not refundable.
For employees, the Smartpass fee is $25 per semester (6 months) plus $3 for the cost of a Clipper card.
Need help getting to campus? Request a trip plan from our staff.
Try out transit app for route directions, real-time departures, and updates. The app is available in the Google play and Apple store.
Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)
Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) is a rail service from the Central Valley (Stockton, Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy) and the East Bay (Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont) to San Jose Diridon Train Station. From the Diridon station you can hop on DASH (Free Downtown Area Shuttle) to the west edge of campus on 4th Street.
ACE operates four round trip trains daily (primarily during the rush hours). Click here to view the ACE train schedule.
SJSU students and employees may purchase ACE monthly passes and 20-ride tickets at
a 50% discount. View the ACE Prices [PDF] here. These tickets are only available at the Associated Students General Services
/ Transportation Solutions Center. Cash only.
Highway 17 Express Bus
Highway 17 Express Bus provides service between downtown Santa Cruz (Metro Center), Scotts Valley, and San Jose State University (San Fernando Street by 7th Street). Service is offered 7 days a week. On weekends, service is available from San Jose Diridon Station only. Travel time is about 1 hour and 10 minutes between SJSU and the Metro Center.
Subsidized by SJSU Parking Services, Transportation Solutions sells the 31-Day Pass with $11 discount and the 15-Ride Pass
with $5 discount to SJSU students and employees at its center. View Highway 17 Prices [PDF] here.
Caltrain is a regional rail line serving San Francisco, San Jose, Gilroy, and stations in between. View fares here. There are no Caltrain discounts for SJSU students or employees. Click here to access weekly train schedules.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a heavy rail system serving the East Bay, San Francisco,
north Peninsula and SFO. There is no special discount for SJSU students and employees.
Access to SJSU from BART:
The nearest BART station from SJSU is the Warm Springs/ South Fremont station.
VTA Express Bus 181 provides connection between SJSU and Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station. In addition, BART connects with Caltrain at Millbrae.
Other Helpful Resources:
You can park your bike in any one of the six Bicycle Enclosures operated by Transportation Solutions for free, or in any open bike rack provided adjacent to most campus buildings. To park inside Bicycle Enclosures, sign up for an access key at the Transportation Solutions center. You will need to bring your SJSU Tower Card ID and $10 refundable deposit for the access key.
VTA Park & Ride Lots
Park free at any of VTA's Park and Ride lots and take light rail to SJSU, using your SmartPass Clipper. The SJSU stop is the Paseo de San Antonio Station. 1st Street for northbound trains toward Mountain View and Alum Rock and 2nd street for southbound trains toward Winchester and Santa Teresa.
Diaz Compean Student Union, 1st Floor, Suite 1800
San Jose State University, One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0129
Telephone: (408) 924-RIDE
Fax: (408) 924-6220
Fall and Spring Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
January 2, 2019 - January 21, 2019
Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Closed for lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm