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Starting January 1, 2018, VTA will be implementing new a new fare:

The name EcoPass is changed to SmartPass. Current cards do not need to be replaced.

VTA has excluded the Express Bus from the SmartPass program. Riders are allowed to board VTA Express Busses for $2.25 per ride. The surcharge must be paid with E-cash value loaded onto the SmartPass Clipper Card prior to boarding.

Through ITU’s partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), as required by the City of San Jose, SmartPass (formerly known as EcoPass) provides enrolled students unlimited rides on most VTA bus and light rail lines, when used in conjunction with an ITU Student Identification card.

All registering students must pay tuition, and the VTA transportation fee in order to request a pass. VTA fee is a mandatory non-refundable fee, and is required each trimester, whether or not student requests/uses pass.

The SmartPass will be deactivated when a student is not enrolled at ITU, this includes: Students on annual vacation.

  • Students on F-1 annual vacation should keep their card for reactivation
  • Alumni

The SmartPass card renews automatically each trimester, for as long as a student is taking classes at ITU, and continues to pay tuition and fees. Students keep the same card from trimester to trimester.

SMartPass frequently asked question.

Once a student has registered for courses and paid tuition and fees, an SmartPass Clipper can be requested online. Click on the SmartPass Clipper Card Request link, and complete short form. Read and agree to the SmartPass usage Terms & Conditions, then submit request.

Students can pick-up their card at the ITU Information Desk after 5 business days. ITU Student ID Card is required for pick-up. The VTA card’s serial number is linked to the student’s name, and ITU Student ID card.

VTA Bus – When boarding a bus, tag your SmartPass Clipper on the Clipper card reader and show your ITU Student ID Card to the bus driver.

VTA Light Rail – At the Light Rail station before boarding, you must tag your SmartPass Clipper on the card reader located on the platform, before boarding the Light Rail.

On the Light Rail train, be prepared to show your SmartPass Clipper and Student ID Card to the fare inspector upon request.

VTA Fare Inspectors will issue a citation to any ITU student without a Student ID Card.

Express Bus - is not included in the SmartPass card. Additional fares can be paid with E-cash Loaded onto SmartPass card prior to boarding. Riders can learn more about loading value to a Clipper Card at the following link: 

For a complete listing of all Express Bus Service routes, please visit

The SmartPass Clipper Card serial number is linked to student name and ITU Student ID Card number. The transfer or use, of the SmartPass Clipper card, by another person is strictly prohibited. Attempts to transfer, sell or misuse the SmartPass Clipper will result in immediate deactivation of the SmartPass card.

VTA drivers and inspectors will not accept an expired or deactivated SmartPass.

Anyone who files a false claim, alters, sells, transfers, or duplicates the SmartPass Clipper card with the intent to make money or evade the payment of any fare is in violation of California Penal Code 640. Violation of Penal Code 640 is punishable by a fine of up to $250 and 48 hours community service.

In the case of violations, students may be liable to the following:

  • SmartPass Clipper Card access frozen and no longer eligible to participate in the program.
  • Charged the amount equal to the cost of a VTA Adult Express Annual Pass (approximately $1500).
  • Referred to the ITU Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development for assessment of violation of student code of conduct, and the resulting administrative disciplinary action(s).

SmartPass Replacement Policy

Immediately report loss to ITU through the support ticket system.

A $3.00 replacement fee for lost or stolen cards is not refundable, if the original Clipper card is found. VTA will not issue more than one (1) replacement Smart Pass Clipper Card, to any single individual per calendar year. 

If the SmartPass Clipper card received is defective; obtain a replacement card at no cost. Bring the defective SmartPass Clipper card to the Information Center, and the staff will determine whether a no-charge replacement can be issued. If you are experiencing validation defect or other problems with SmartPass Clipper card, do not discard. Bring the card to the Information Center for a replacement.