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Special Transportation for Seniors and People with Disabilities (Paratransit)

In 2000, 10 years after Congress approved the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Alameda County voters renewed the county's commitment to improve mobility for all. The reauthorized Measure B increased the percentage of net revenue for Special Transportation from 1.5 to 10.45 percent. These revenues fund operations for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-mandated services and city-based paratransit programs. The revenues also fund a discretionary Gap Grant program which funds projects intended to reduce the differences in special transportation services available to individuals in different geographic areas of Alameda County.

In 2014, the passage of Measure BB further augmented funding to local cities and paratransit providers to continue transportation services through 2045.

Alameda CTC’s Paratransit Advisory and Planning Committee (PAPCO), an all-consumer community advisory committee, provides recommendations to the Commission for items related to Paratransit funding, including the Gap Grant program. 

PAPCO is supported by the Paratransit Technical Advisory Committee (ParaTAC). Both Committees meet periodically throughout the year. To view a list of upcoming PAPCO and ParaTAC meetings, go to the Alameda CTC's meeting calendar.


  • Access Alameda
  • 2-1-1 Resource Finder
  • Aging and Senior Mobility in Alameda County Brochure
  • Hospital Discharge Transportation Service (HDTS)
    • Notice: Alameda CTC will be sunsetting the HDTS on June 30, 2017 due to low usage, contractor reliability, and other contracting and operational challenges. In the coming year, staff will be looking into other ways to provide same day, accessible transportation services to those who need it most. In the meantime, please refer to the Access Alameda website for information on transportation services and resources for seniors and people with disabilities in Alameda County.
  • Wheelchair and Scooter Breakdown Transportation Service (WSBTS)
    • Notice: Due to unforeseen contracting issues, the Alameda County Transportation Commission will be suspending the WSBTS program starting July 1, 2017 until further notice. Please check back for availability. 
  • PAPCO Information 
  • Paratransit Program Fact Sheet


Assessment of Mobility Needs