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VTA to transition to smart-card fare system

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is replacing its paper transit passes with the “Clipper” smart-card fare system.

Starting July 1, all VTA monthly pass users will be required to pay for rides on VTA light-rail trains and buses using reloadable smart cards, agency officials said in a prepared statement.

The Clipper cards will allow riders to pay for transit services throughout the entire Bay area, they said. In the coming weeks, VTA and Clipper Card representatives will be posted at various locations throughout the system to assist riders with the transition.

“Clipper saves time and makes transfers easy,” said VTA Chairman Ken Yeager.

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