Commute Options for City Employees

Employee Benefits

  1. Bicycle Amenities: Secure bike cages, showers and lockers are available at Dalziel Garage. To request access, complete and submit the Building Access Card Request Form.
  2. GoNavia Commuter Benefits: Pay for your work-related parking and transit expenses using pretax dollars. Includes buses, ferries, parking lots and garages, and trains. Maximum contribution per month is $255.
  3. AC Transit EasyPass Program: Provides unlimited travel on all AC Transit buses, both local and transbay. Currently, only Local 21 employees are eligible to receive an EasyPass. If you're a Local 21 employee, take this survey to receive a discounted EasyPass.
  4. Discounted Bay Wheels Passes: All rides under 45 minutes are covered in this 12-month membership. Cost to City employees is $134 per year. Sign up here.
  5. Discounted Vanpool Parking: Commuters who travel to Downtown Oakland and are registered with the Regional Rideshare program are eligible for discounted parking at either an on-street metered space or in a City-owned garage/parking lot (subject to space availability). Minivans must have 7 passengers and full-sized vans at least 11 passengers to quality. Ridership is monitored quarterly to ensure eligibility for discounted parking.
  6. Guaranteed Ride Home: The Alameda County Guaranteed Ride Home Program does just what it says. It guarantees you a free ride home from work if you have an emergency and you have made the effort to avoid commuting alone in your car. You can feel comfortable taking the bus, train, or ferry, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, or bicycling to work, knowing that you will have a ride home in the case of a qualifying unexpected circumstance that disrupts your commute home.
  7. Monthly Parking Passes: Monthly parking pass prices for City employees at City Center West Garage are changing, effective March 1, 2022. See below for new parking pass rates and types:

Pass Type

Monthly Pass Rate

How to Sign Up

Carpool

$120

Find 2+ coworkers who you will carpool with every day (3+ total carpool members, including yourself). Email mford@oaklandca.gov with all members of your carpool in the CC line.

Note: You don’t have to carpool in the same vehicle daily. Just be sure the driver has your carpool’s garage access card.

Clean-Air Vehicle

$150

Make sure you have a DMV-issued clean air vehicle decal on the back of your car. Email mford@oaklandca.gov with a photo of your decal, vehicle, and license plate number.

Non-Clean Air Vehicle, Drive-Alone

$180

Email mford@oaklandca.gov to ask for a parking pass.

Note: If you already have a parking pass and don’t opt in to a Carpool or Clean-Air pass, this is your new rate.

Parking Share

$180

2+ employees share 1 parking pass. Email mford@oaklandca.gov with all parking share members.

Note: The parking pass can only be used by 1 parking share member at a time.

Note: Beginning March 1, 2022, use of monthly parking access cards are subject to random verification by City of Oakland and/or City of Oakland Parking Partners staff. Carpool and parking share access card holders cannot have more than one vehicle from their carpool at any one time parked in a City-owned Garage. Failure to meet program use requirements at any time may result in the forfeiting any special discounted rate or privileges and instead immediately receive a Non-Clean-Air Vehicle, Drive-Alone rate. Only Clean-Air Vehicles that have received a decal under the State of California’s Clean Air Vehicle program and verifiable zero emission vehicles are eligible to receive the Clean-Air Vehicle parking pass rate. For more information on this program, please visit the DMV’s website: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/vehicle-registration/license-plates-decals-and-placards/clean-air-vehicle-decals-for-using-carpool-lanes/

Other Transportation Services

  1. BART: Regional rail service.
  2. FREE Broadway Shuttle: Free connections from BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, Amtrak and Capital Corridor to downtown Oakland offices, restaurants, local shops, and social services.
  3. Bay Wheels Bike Share: Membership-based bike share program that allows members to make point-to-point trips using shared bicycles.
  4. Bike Stations: Safe and convenient way to park your bike while commute via BART.
  5. Bike Link: Card for on-demand bike parking.
  6. Car Share Program: Membership-based services that allow you to rent out vehicles for hourly use but at a fraction of the cost of owning your own vehicle.
  7. Scooter Share Program: Membership-based shared e-scooter service is one of the newest ways to get around Oakland.
  8. Rideshare/carpool: Find a long-term or casual carpool today.