Access Alameda

Transportation Services
for Seniors and People with
Disabilities in Alameda County

Overview of Public Transit

Buses, trains, and ferries are the most convenient forms of public transportation for many people. All services have:

  • Fixed routes and schedules. Rides can be taken on the same day and do not have to be scheduled ahead.
  • Accommodations for people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that public transit vehicles be accessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility features are described below.
  • Reduced fares for seniors and people with disabilities. Discount fares for seniors (aged 65+) and people with disabilities are at least 50 percent less than the standard fare, and up to 75 percent less than paratransit.

You can use our quick guide to find public transit services in your area. Learn more.

If you are unfamiliar with using public transit, travel training may be available to teach you how to use the public bus and rail and ferry systems. Learn more.

What makes public transit vehicles accessible?

  • Buses equipped with wheelchair and passenger lifts or low floor ramps to allow easy entrance and exit for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Priority seating on buses and trains for those who need it
  • Designated spaces for wheelchairs on buses and BART
  • Bus drivers trained to assist with securing wheelchairs to allow passengers extra time to be seated and to get on and off the vehicle, when needed
  • Audible announcement of bus or train stops
  • BART stations with elevators and escalators to all levels and level boarding from platforms to trains
  • Route and schedule information provided by transit agencies­—available by telephone, online or in print—including the best way to reach your destination. This information is available in accessible formats such as Braille or large print if needed (contact the transit agency to request alternative formats).

Additional Transit Information

If you have additional questions about the public transit services in your area, 511 provides comprehensive and real time transit information for Alameda County and surrounding counties. To access 511 you can: