VTA SmartPass

ASFC VTA SmartPass

Ride VTA with Your SmartPass

Effective Spring 2018 the SmartPass quarterly fees are:

  • Part-time students enrolled in 5.9 or fewer units $5.75
  • Part-time students enrolled in 6-11.9 units $6.75
  • Full-time students enrolled in 12 or more units $7.75

Students at bus stop

The VTA SmartPass provides all Foothill 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 SmartPass is valid only for VTA transit services within Santa Clara County. Once activated on a Clipper card the SmartPass remains active for the duration of that quarter.  For continuing students the SmartPass will "rollover" and remain active for additional quarters. Only the SmartPass is deactivated when you leave Foothill College, the Clipper card remains active and is yours to keep.

To get your SmartPass,  visit the Foothill College Smart Shop and ask for your VTA SmartPass Clipper card. At the Sunnyvale campus visit the Student Resource Center, room 211.

The VTA SmartPass quarterly fee is automatically waived if a student lives outside of the Santa Clara County and is enrolled in online class(es) ONLY for the quarter.

The following restrictions apply:

  • You must be registered in at least one credit class to be eligible for SmartPass.
  • All students who are enrolled in at least one in person class or hybrid class will be assessed the SmartPass fee.
  • Students who only take online classes AND live outside Santa Clara county will not be assessed the SmartPass fee.
  • If you live outside Santa Clara County and have been exempted from the fee but would like to get a SmartPass, you may request to "opt into"  SmartPass by visiting Admissions & Records, room 8101 . You will be accessed the quarterly fee.

Clipper Card

The SmartPass Clipper card  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 tag your Clipper card to the Clipper logo.

Your Clipper card can be used for other transportation agencies provided you add funds or purchase passes to be saved on to the card.

Bus Routes to Foothill College

Currently two bus lines stop on the main campus — VTA route 40 and  route 52 stop at Foothill.

When Can You Use the SmartPass?

The SmartPass 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  to request a SmartPass Clipper card. If there is no easy route for you to commute by bus to school, you can still use the SmartPass on weekends or any other time that is convenient.

The SmartPass is not valid on ACE, Amtrak, BART, Caltrain, Highway 17 Express, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit, and SamTrans.

SmartPass Quarter SmartPass Ordering Begins SmartPass Ordering Ends SmartPass Valid From SmartPass Valid To
Summer 8th week of spring 8th week of summer 4 weeks before end of spring 2 weeks after start of fall
Fall 9th week of summer 8th week of fall 2 weeks before start of fall 2 weeks after start of winter
Winter 9th week of fall 8th week of winter 2 weeks before end of fall 2 weeks after start of spring
Spring 9th week of winter 8th week of spring 2 weeks before end of winter 2 weeks after start of summer

How is the SmartPass Program Funded?

All enrolled Foothill students are eligible for the VTA ASFC SmartPass program through a mandatory quarterly fee, which was established by the Foothill Associated Student Body (ASFC) during a spring 2011 proposition vote that passed and was approved by the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees. Effective Spring 2018 part-time students with 0 to 5.9 units pay $5.75 per quarter, part-time students with 6 to 11.9 units pay $6.75 per quarter, and full-time students with 12 or more units pay $7.75 per quarter.


Get Your Clipper Card

Clipper Card

Campus Center Smart Shop

Come to Room 2016

Smart Shop



Campus Center, Building 2000 Upper Level Room 2016

Summer Hours:  August 18 - September 20

Aug 18-Aug 22: Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Aug 26-Aug 29: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Sep 03-Sep 06: Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Sep 09-Sep 12: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Sep 16-Sep 20: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Closed Aug 23, Aug 30, Sep 2 & Sep 13

Saturday-Sunday closed