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Your Eco Pass Comes on a Clipper Card
Effective winter 2014, the DASB VTA Eco Pass is incorporated onto a “Clipper Card,” the reloadable smart card used for electronic transit fare payment in the Bay Area.
Some Eco Pass Clipper Cards may not be working because of technical difficulties with the Clipper system. If you're having problems with your Eco Pass, please bring it to the Office of College Life so that it can be fixed or replaced.
Get Your Eco Pass
To get your Eco Pass, you must pick up a personalized Clipper Card from the Office of College Life. See hours.
- Keep your Clipper Card! It's automatically reloaded with the Eco Pass each quarter that you're enrolled at De Anza and are in good standing with your fees. Even when you leave De Anza for a few quarters the Eco Pass will be valid again if you come back.
- Your Clipper Card can be used for other transportation agencies if you add funds or other passes to the card. These will still be valid even after you have left De Anza.
Eco Pass VTA Routes to De Anza
The VTA Eco Pass provides all De Anza students unlimited rides on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail within Santa Clara County for the duration of a quarter term. The Eco Pass is valid only for VTA services within Santa Clara County.
Currently seven bus lines — VTA routes 23, 25, 51, 53, 54, 55 and new 323 — stop at De Anza. Routes 51, 53, 54 and 55 connect to the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station. Route 51 connects to the Mountain View Caltrain Station.
If there's no easy route for you to commute by bus to school, you can still take advantage of the Eco Pass on weekends or any other convenient time.
How to Use Your Clipper Card
The Clipper Card for your Eco Pass is a proximity card.
To use it, 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.
We highly recommended that you register your Clipper Card with Metropolitan Transportation Commission, especially if you think you might add value and other passes besides the Eco Pass (BART, CalTrain, Muni, etc.).
If you do not register your card and you lose it, you will lose all non-Eco Pass values you have placed on the card. To register go to www.clippercard.com and click on the "Register a card" link on the top left side of the page. You will need to create a My Clipper account.
If you already have a Clipper Card, you may bring that in to the Office of College Life so that it can be set up with the Eco Pass.
When Can You Use the Eco Pass?
The DASB Eco Pass is valid seven days a week for VTA buses and light rail ONLY.
- See table below for valid dates for each quarter
- You must be enrolled for the quarter and have paid your fees or be on a payment plan for your Eco Pass to be valid for a term.
The DASB Eco Pass is not valid on ACE, Amtrak, BART, Caltrain, Highway 17 Express, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit, and SamTrans.
|Eco Pass Quarter
||Eco Pass Ordering Begins
||Eco Pass Ordering Ends
||Eco Pass Valid From
||Eco Pass Valid To
||8th week of spring
||8th week of summer
||4 weeks before end of spring
||2 weeks after start of fall
||9th week of summer
||8th week of fall
||2 weeks before start of fall
||2 weeks after start of winter
||9th week of fall
||8th week of winter
||2 weeks before end of fall
||2 weeks after start of spring
||9th week of winter
||8th week of spring
||2 weeks before end of winter
||2 weeks after start of summer
How is the Eco Pass Program Funded?
All enrolled De Anza students are eligible for the VTA DASB Eco Pass program through a mandatory quarterly fee,which was established by the De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB) during a spring 2011 proposition vote that passed 985 to 124 and was approved by the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees.
Part-time students with 0 to 5.9 units pay $3 per quarter, part-time students with 6 to 11.9 units pay $4 per quarter, and full-time students with 12 or more units pay $5 per quarter.