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Alameda County Student Transit Pass Pilot Program

Materials for Students/Families

Alameda CTC is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a three-year pilot Student Transit Pass Program (STPP) in Alameda County. This pilot program is identified in the voter-approved 2014 Transportation Expenditure Plan (2014 Plan) and is funded by Measure BB. The 2014 Plan includes $15 million “for the purposes of funding one or more models for a student transit pass program … designed to account for geographic differences within the county.”

This pilot program provides a vital opportunity to assess student transportation needs in the county and to develop an approach to meet those needs through implementation of a sustainable pass program. The pilot will make it easier to travel to and from school and school-related programs, jobs and other activities, expanding transportation options for Alameda County’s middle and high school students.

The Commission-adopted goals of the STPP are as follows:

  • Reduce barriers to transportation access to and from schools.
  • Improve transportation options for Alameda County’s middle and high school students.
  • Build support for transit in Alameda County.
  • Develop effective three-year pilot programs.
  • Create a basis for a countywide student transit pass program (funding permitting).

The program is expected to run from August 2016 through July 2019, and several pilot program models will be tested during this time. In March 2016, the Commission approved a site selection framework and a shortlist of 36 school sites that are eligible during the three-year pilot. At the same time, the Commission approved an evaluation framework for the pilot program including 18 quantitative and qualitative measures to assess the effectiveness of the pilot program models. Throughout this process, feedback was solicited from interested stakeholders.

The design of the first year of the program was approved by the Commission in May 2016. The design of the second year was approved by the Commission in March 2017.

Pilot Program Models

The 2017-2018 school year is the second year of the pilot. During Year 2, 15 middle and high schools in Alameda County will participate in the STPP. The participating schools and the parameters for each pilot program model are summarized below. Schools with an asterisk also participated in the first year of the pilot.

Pilot program frequently asked questions (FAQs) and registration materials are available below. Students enrolled in pilot program schools should contact their school administration office for any other information about the program.

North County Planning Area

Oakland Unified School District 

  • Free and universal program: All students at the following schools have access to a free AC Transit bus pass on a Clipper card.
    • Fremont High School*
    • Castlemont High School*
    • McClymonds High School
    • Frick Middle School*
    • Westlake Middle School

Central County Planning Area

San Leandro Unified School District

  • Free and universal program: All students at the following schools have access to a free AC Transit bus pass on a Clipper card.
    • San Leandro High School*
    • John Muir Middle School*

Hayward Unified School District

  • Means-based program: All low-income students at the following schools have access to a free AC Transit bus pass on a Clipper card.
    • Hayward High School
    • Bret Harte Middle School

South County Planning Area

New Haven Unified School District

  • Means-based program: All low-income students at the following schools have access to a free AC Transit and Union City Transit bus pass on a Clipper card.
    • James Logan High School*
    • Cesar Chavez Middle School*

East County Planning Area

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

  • Free and universal program: All students at the following schools have access to a free LAVTA Wheels bus pass on a Clipper card.
    • Del Valle High School
    • Livermore High School*
    • Christensen Middle School
    • East Avenue Middle School*

Pilot Program FAQs and Registration Materials

Clipper Card Replacement Instructions

Oakland Unified School District

San Leandro Unified School District

Hayward Unified School District

New Haven Unified School District

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Other Program Information and Resources

Travel Training

Evaluation

The Year One Program Evaluation Report draws on data collected throughout the year including:

  • Data reported from transit agencies (historical baseline and usage data)
  • Information tracked by the school program administrators
  • Surveys and focus groups at schools

Background Documents

State of the Practice Review: Case studies of student transit pass programs