Universal Basic Mobility Pilot

Oaklanders are being randomly selected to receive funding for transit, shared mobility, and other mobility-related services through prepaid debit cards and Clipper Cards. Stay tuned for project updates!


In the West Oakland Pilot, up to 1,000 West Oaklanders will be eligible to receive up to $320 thanks to grant funding from the Alameda County Transportation Commission. OakDOT staff is preparing to conduct outreach to spread the word this Summer, and plans to distribute cards by Spring 2023. The pilot will continue for 18 months. Please follow the link below to determine your eligibility for the West Oakland UBM Pilot. We will mail/e-mail transit passes by Spring 2023.


The East Oakland Pilot ended in Winter 2021, but prepaid cards can still be activated. If you were randomly selected to receive a prepaid card, then you should have received your card loaded with $150 in the mail in early December. Remember that your card can only be used to buy trips or passes on public transit and shared mobility (bikeshare, e-scooters).

When you receive your prepaid card, activate it and begin using your funds. In January you will receive a survey link by email. After you take this survey, you will receive your second and final $150 loaded to your prepaid card.

Remember that you can only use your card on public transit, bikeshare, and e-scooters, including (but not limited to) these providers:

East Oakland UBM Pilot Evaluation

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Other Program Applicants

If you applied for this program and were not randomly selected to receive a prepaid card this time, you have been placed on a waitlist. OakDOT staff will be in touch with you if a long-term program becomes available.

Means-Based Discount Programs for Transportation

Travel by transit, bike, and scooters is more affordable now than ever. If you typically qualify for discounts based on your income (like SNAP), then you may qualify for the mobility discounts below!

Name of Provider Discount Travel Mode

Clipper START

  • 20% discount per trip on AC Transit and BART
  • Up to 50% discount on other transit trips

Public Transit

Bike Share for All

  • Unlimited rides
  • $5 for the 1st year
  • $5/month after 1st year


Lime Access

  • Discounted rides



  • Discounted rides


Veo Access

  • Discounted rides


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Please email any questions about this program to parklandish@oaklandca.gov or call 510-238-6613.

Project made possible by: Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC), City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT)

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