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Yes. At the end of the trip, mobile app customers will be invited to rate their ride and submit comments about Milpitas SMART.
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Milpitas SMART is committed to offering a safe transportation option that adheres to all local and state public health guidelines. We recommend that all drivers and passengers wear face masks.
Service will be available in all areas within Milpitas. Pick-up and drop-off locations may be a short walking distance from your searched location.
Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm.
Milpitas SMART combines the convenience and flexibility of ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft with the capacity and affordability of traditional transit services. Milpitas SMART allows on-demand booking and pick-up at virtual stops to minimize wait times. The rides are affordable, and the vehicles allow for ADA accessibility, bike storage, and greater capacity. Additionally, Milpitas SMART will only provide rides from a virtual stop to one of four hubs in Milpitas (Milpitas Transit Center, Great Mall, City Hall, and VTA Alder Station) and vice versa to offer a first/last-mile solution and support ridership for existing transit services (VTA light-rail and bus and BART).
Milpitas SMART will connect to:
Pick-up and drop-off will be available at designated locations within the pilot zone.
If you are a passenger with a bike, you can book a seat with Regular (bike) option. Bike racks have the capacity for two bikes.
If you require accessible seating, you can book a seat with Accessible option. You also have the option to add an additional companion traveling with you as a Regular Seat.
Other passengers can book up to 5 seats with Regular option.
Please remember that all passengers in one booking need to travel at the same time and get picked up and dropped off at the same stops.
The regular adult fare is $2.50 per ride but the City will offer a reduced fare of $1 per ride for youth, disabled, and low-income persons. Children 5 years of age and younger can ride for free. Children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible person over the age of 16.
Youth, disabled, and low-income persons (household income of 200% of the federal poverty level or less) will be eligible for the reduced fare of $1.
You can add a credit card to your Milpitas SMART account and pay when you book your ride. Alternatively, you can pay with cash when you board the vehicle but must have the exact fare as change will not be provided.
Choose a date or time in advance. Bookings can be made on-demand up to 7 days in advance.
You have the option to book for multiple days with the same pick-up and drop-off schedule.
Book trips with the Milpitas SMART mobile app (Apple App Store or Google Play) on the web booking site, or by calling 408-330-3302. If you book a trip on the web booking site, you will not receive automatic alerts about the status of your trip as you would when using the mobile app.
When you make a reservation, you will be able to choose from a list of options for the pick-up and drop-ff times that best suits your schedule.
You cannot change your existing ride-booking. However, you can cancel your ride and book a new ride that suits your pick-up location or destination. A trip can be cancelled with the Milpitas SMART app, online on the web booking site, or by calling 408-330-3302 If you have pre-paid for your ride with a credit card, a credit will be applied to your account.
The Milpitas SMART app and web booking site are currently available in English and Spanish. Patrons can call 408-330-3302 to book in English.
Your ride booking will specify a time window of 10 minutes for pick-up. We advise you to reach your pick-up point 5 minutes before your pick-up window. As it gets closer to the time of your ride, we will send you an updated ETA. You will also receive a notification when your vehicle has arrived. Updates are sent via SMS and the Milpitas SMART app. Furthermore, you have the option to use the mobile app to track your vehicle’s location in real-time as it comes to pick you up.
Milpitas SMART vehicles have distinctive coloring and graphics. In addition, the app and SMS notifications will provide the vehicle number you are expecting as your ride approaches.
You will receive a notification when your vehicle has arrived to pick you up. As a courtesy to your co-riders, the driver will only wait for up to 1 minute. To stay on schedule, the vehicle will depart of you do not show up within the 1-minute waiting period.
When you book a ride with SMART you are making a commitment to the system and the driver as a schedule is created to accommodate your trip. If due to some reason you are not able to take the ride, we advise you to cancel as soon as possible.
To ensure that all SMART customers have access to book rides, we have updated our policy. Effective December 15, 2023, we will limit bookings for SMART users with excessive late cancellations or no-shows.
Who is impacted: Customers with at least 10 rides booked in the last 60 days that have cancelled late* and/or were a no-show for 20% of their rides. (*Cancelled rides are counted only if they are cancelled within 2 hours of the trip departure.)
What will happen: Those who fall in this threshold, will have their ability to book rides limited for 7 days. During the 7 days they can only book rides up to 48 hours in advance and have at most 3 upcoming trips booked.
Customers who cancel late and no-show to their SMART trips cause fewer rides available to others. Fewer cancellations and no-shows improves SMART's system capacity. Thank you for your assistance helping SMART get our community to where they need to go!
In compliance with California law, all passengers under 8 must ride in an appropriate Child Restraint System (CRS), such as a safety seat or booster; and all passengers under 2 must ride in an appropriate rear-facing safety seat. Caregivers must provide an appropriate safety seat and install it in the vehicle. Unfortunately, while drivers can provide information about latch attachment points, they cannot assist caregivers with installation.
Service animals are always welcome, as required by law. All other pets must be secured in an enclosed carrier to board Milpitas SMART.
All Milpitas SMART drivers are screened before they are hired and have received specialized safety training, including incident prevention. All drivers must also pass a thorough background check.
You can send any comments, concerns, or questions within the app or web booking site by navigating to the “Help” menu. Alternatively, you can call 408-330-3302 or email Support for assistance.