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Your Eco Pass Now Comes on a Clipper Card
Effective winter 2014, the DASB VTA Eco Pass is incorporated onto a “Clipper Card,” a reloadable smart card used for electronic transit fare payment in the Bay Area.
The Eco Pass is still good for only one quarter at a time (see dates below), but the Clipper Card is good for multiple quarters and for life beyond De Anza.
To get your Eco Pass, you must pick up a personalized Clipper Card from the Office of College Life.
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.
However, your Clipper Card can be used for other transportation agencies provided funds or purchased passes are saved on to the card.
The new Clipper Card Eco Pass is a proximity card. 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.
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.
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 to order a new Eco Pass. If there is no easy route for you to commute by bus to school, you can still use the DASB Eco Pass on weekends or any other time that is convenient.
The DASB Eco Pass is not valid on ACE, Amtrak, BART, Caltrain, Highway 17 Express, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit, and SamTrans.
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.