ASFC VTA Eco Pass
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Eco Pass and how do I get one?
The Eco Pass Project is a partnership between the Associated Students of Foothill College (ASFC) and Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA), which allows enrolled students at Foothill College the opportunity to enjoy unlimited rides on all VTA Buses and Light Rail for the duration of each quarter provided you are currently enrolled for the quarter and all your fees are paid or you are on an installment payment plan. The ASFC Eco Pass is on the Clipper Card. The Clipper card is a reloadable contactless smart card used for electronic transit fare payment in the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area. KEEP THIS CARD, IT IS GOOD FOR MULTIPLE QUARTERS AND FOR LIFE BEYOND FOOTHILL COLLEGE.
Q. How do I get a Clipper Card?
You get your personalized Clipper Card from Foothill College Smart Shop in the Campus Center, room 2016. You must have paid all registration fees or be on an installment payment plan in order to be eligible for the Clipper Card and Eco Pass. Please note that it could take up to five (5) business days for a new card to become active.
Q. Do I need to get a new Clipper Card each quarter?
NO. KEEP THIS CARD, IT IS GOOD FOR MULTIPLE QUARTERS AND FOR LIFE BEYOND FOOTHILL COLLEGE.
Q. Do I need to come in to get a new Eco Pass each quarter?
NO, this is the beauty of the Eco Pass being incorporated onto the Clipper Card. As long as you are enrolled and have paid your registration fees or are on an installment payment plan, the Clipper Card will automatically be updated for each quarter. Conversely, if you drop/withdraw from all of your classes, the Clipper Card will be updated to reflect a "non-student" and the Eco Pass will not be valid
Q. Is there a grace period after the expiration date of the old Eco Pass?
The VTA Eco Pass is generally valid for two weeks before the previous quarter ends and two weeks after the next quarter begins. The valid dates are listed below. After this period, there's no grace period. VTA will not allow you to board if you use an expired card on the buses or light rail, and the expired card may be confiscated.
|Eco Pass Quarter||Eco Pass Ordering Begins||Eco Pass Ordering Ends||Eco Pass Valid From||Eco Pass 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|
Q. Can I use the Eco Pass during recess periods between quarters?
Q. I have applied for financial aid and I am waiting for financial aid approval and/or disbursement. Can I get the Eco Pass sticker?
Q. Can I use the Clipper Card for other transit agencies?
Q. I already have a Clipper Card. Can I use it for the Eco Pass?
Q. Should I register my card with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)?
Q. I dropped all my classes. Is my Eco Pass still valid?
Q. I lost my card. How can I get a replacement?
-- If you had any other stored value (BART, Caltrain, Muni, etc.) and you did register your Clipper Card with the MTC you can go back to www.clippercard.com and report your original card as lost or stolen and register your new card. Your old card will be disabled and the other stored value will then be transferred to the new one.
-- If you had any other stored value (BART, Caltrain, Muni, etc.) and you did NOT register your Clipper Card with the MTC then unfortunately all the old value is lost and you will not be able to recover it.
Q. May I give away or sell my Eco Pass since I don't ride VTA?
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Campus Center, Building 2000 Upper Level Room 2016
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- Wednesday & Thursday 7:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
- Fridays 7:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.