Santa Clara County VTA Joins Clipper Card

SAN JOSE (AP) — A card that allows riders to board multiple transit systems around the Bay Area can now be used on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s bus and light-rail trains.

The VTA began selling so-called Clipper cards Wednesday, becoming the last public transit system in the Bay area to join the card program.

The blue and white cards have been in use on other systems, including Caltrain, BART and AC Transit. They allow riders who have set up a prepaid account to use the cards on any of the transit systems without having to buy multiple tickets.

The Clipper system cost $140 million to set up. It launched last June and now averages more than 361,000 users each weekday.

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