New Clipper Card causes confusion for many students


Carla Arango

During the first week of winter quarter, many De Anza College students felt frustrated by the transition from an Eco Pass to a Clipper Card.

Throughout the week, students endured a long line outside the Office of College Life to pick up their Clipper Cards.

“I spent almost two hours standing in line to get the card, ” said De Anza student Liliana Alvarez, 18, undecided major.

“They should have let students know about other places where they could get their DASB card in order to avoid that line because some of them were not in line to get the Clipper Card,” said Alvarez.

The Eco Pass was incorporated into the Clipper Card and will automatically reload each quarter a student is enrolled at De Anza as long as they’re in good standing with their fees.

Students can also add funds and use the card for other transportation agencies like BART or Caltrain.

De Anza sent an email to students announcing the Office of College Life was going to provide a Clipper Card Nov. 20, 2013.

Despite the fact that an email was sent out during the middle of fall quarter, many students were not aware of the change until they returned to school this winter.

Others knew about the change but were not able to pick up their Clipper Card because they had not paid their fees yet.

“I received the email and wanted to pick up my Clipper Card before the end of last quarter but I couldn’t because I still hadn’t paid my fees,” said civil engineering major Erik Trejo, 18.

Accounting major Laurie Li, 21, said “I tried getting in line earlier in the first week but it was too long so I waited for when it had less people.”

The Clipper Card will still be valid even for students who no longer attend De Anza; all they have to do is add funds.

Although students were unhappy standing in a long line, they also liked the idea of having a Clipper Card.

“The Clipper Card is more convenient because we don’t have to order the Eco Pass every quarter and we can use it after we graduate,” said Li.

Jeffrey Yao, computer science major, 21, said, “It’s nice because you can use it throughout the Bay Area.”