IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have made changes to our student SmartPass Program for the fall semester due to COVID-19. To view these changes visit our Fall Changes to Student Smartpass page. 


With the Associated Students SmartPass Clipper card and SJSU Tower Card, students and employees can have unlimited rides on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Local & Rapid buses, Limited routes, and Light Rail lines. The SmartPass Express bus riders can bo ard Express buses by paying a surcharge of $2.50 per ride as E-Cash loaded onto the clipper. You will receive only one SmartPass Clipper card. The card's serial number is linked to your name and Tower Card. To obtain a SmartPass Clipper submit an online request and then visit the AS General Services front counter located in the Student Union, Room 1800. 

With your SmartPass Clipper card you'll also have the ability to add other passes and fares from other Bay Area transit agencies onto one convenient card. Just load the Clipper card with additional funds. The pre-loaded SmartPass on Clipper card is valid only on VTA Bus and Light Rail lines.

The pre-loaded SmartPass on a Clipper card is valid only on VTA and is NOT valid on:
ACE, Amtrak, BART, Caltrain, AC Transit, Highway 17 Express, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit, SamTrans and other non VTA services.

How can I get a Smart Pass Clipper?
  1. Students
  2. Open University, Special Session, International Gateways
  3. Employees

Take a look at the Clipper Brochure [pdf] to see how to claim your card and use it throughout the Bay Area.

To find information on direct lines, trip planning, transit app and VTA alerts, please visit the direct lines page.

The VTA Clipper Card readers will display a date of December 31st, to ensure activation of your SmartPass Clipper for the year 2020, please tag it on any VTA reader by March 1, 2020.  

Please review the SmartPass Clipper replacement, defective, and illegal use policies [pdf].