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VTA ECO Pass for Students

Through ITU’s partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), as required by the City of San Jose, the ECO pass provides enrolled students unlimited rides on all 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.

Students on leave of absence, semester break or alumnus are not eligible for the program. The Eco pass card will be deactivated when a student is not enrolled at ITU. Students going on leave of absence or trimester break should keep their card for reactivation.

The Eco Pass 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.

How To Get The Eco Pass Clipper Card

Once a student has registered for courses and paid tuition and fees, an Eco Pass Clipper can be requested online. Click on the Eco Pass Clipper Card Request link, and complete short form. Read and agree to the Eco Pass 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.

How to Use the Eco Pass Clipper Card

VTA Bus – When boarding a bus, tag your Eco Pass 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 Eco Pass Clipper on the card reader located on the platform, before boarding the Light Rail.

On the Light Rail train, be prepared to show your Eco Pass 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.

Illegal Use of Eco Pass Clipper Card

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

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

Anyone who files a false claim, alters, sells, transfers, or duplicates the Eco Pass 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:

  • Eco Pass 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).

Eco Pass Replacement Policy

Lost or Stolen Cards

Immediately report loss to ITU through the support ticket system.

The replacement fee is not refundable, if the original Clipper card is found. VTA will not issue more than one (1) replacement Eco Pass Clipper card, to any single individual per calendar year.

Defective Eco Pass Clipper Card

If the Eco Pass Clipper card received is defective; obtain a replacement card at no cost. Bring the defective Eco Pass 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 Eco Pass Clipper card, do not discard. Bring the card to the Information Center for a replacement.

Last modified: February 6, 2017