Public Transit

Public transit is a regularly scheduled bus, train, or ferry service available to the general public. Public transit services that operate in or connect to Alameda County are listed below. Public transit always features:

Fixed routes and schedules

Routes, stop locations, and schedules are consistent day-to-day.

Accommodations for people with disabilities

Public transit vehicles must be accessible for people with disabilities.

Reduced fares for seniors and people with disabilities

Discounts of 50% or more for seniors (65+) and people with disabilities.

What Makes Public Transit Accessible?

  • Priority seating on buses and trains
  • Designated spaces for at least two wheelchairs
  • Audible announcements of bus or transit stops
  • Buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts or low floor ramps to allow easy entrance and exit
  • Bus drivers are trained to assist with securing wheelchairs and to allow passengers extra time to be seated and to get on and off the vehicle
  • BART stations have elevators and escalators to all levels and level boarding from platforms to trains
  • Route and schedule information is available by telephone, online, or in print (in accessible formats such as Braille or large print if needed)

Have Questions? Call 5-1-1

Have questions about the public transit services in your area? Call 5-1-1, visit, or contact your local transit agency directly. The 5-1-1 service provides information on how to connect to public transportation in other counties as well.

Clipper Cards

Clipper® is an electronic transit card that can be used on most transit services in the Bay Area.

How Does It Work?

The card keeps track of transit passes, discount tickets, and ride books you have purchased, as well as cash value. Your Clipper Card will apply all fares, discounts, and transfer rules that are appropriate for you. Discounts vary by agency.

How Can You Get One?

Adults can get a standard Clipper Card for a small fee. See below for other types of cards. To order a standard card, visit

Am I Eligible for Discounted Fares?

Special cards are available to people with disabilities, seniors, youth, and low-income individuals, which allow cardholders to pay discounted fares on most public transit services. People with disabilities who require a travel attendant can request a discount card for the attendant.

Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Clipper Card for People with Disabilities

How Can You Get One?

  1. Review the information at
  2. Complete the eligibility form at
  3. Gather supporting documentation, e.g., California Department of Motor Vehicles Placard Registration, Medicare card, or Medical Certification form.
  4. Contact your local transit agency to submit the application and a small fee, and take your photo.

Senior Clipper Card

How Can You Get One?

  1. Fill out an application at
  2. Return it by mail, email, or fax. Address and numbers are listed in the application.

Youth Clipper Card

How Can You Get One?

  1. Fill out an application at
  2. Return it by mail, email, or fax. Address and numbers are listed in the application.

Clipper Start

How Can You Get One?

Fill out an application at