Stockton Transit and Mobility Incentives
The Stockton Transit and Mobility Incentives pilot program is part of the Stockton Mobility Collective (SMC) project funded through the California Air Resources Board Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP). The pilot program is administered by the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG).
Through this program, qualified applicants will receive a prepaid debit card that can be used for transit services only, such as passes or trips for fixed-route transit, carsharing and bikesharing. This program is designed to provide people in need living in the Stockton project area with flexible transportation options and to encourage the use of alternative transportation options.
As a pilot program with a limited amount of funding, the program has reached the limit for the incentives program. Please be advised that, if you apply and are approved, your application will remain active and be placed on the waiting list. Should an opportunity occur to allow more participants, you will be contacted based on the order that your application was received.
Currently, Transit and Mobility Incentives can be used to pay for the following services listed below. These can be accessed and purchased directly or through the Vamos Mobility app.
- Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)
- City of Ripon - Blossom Express
- Escalon eTrans
- Greyhound (online purchase only)
- Lodi GrapeLine
- Manteca Transit
- San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD) (Please be advised that there is a temporary disruption in card usage for RTD's VanGo service. We're working diligently to fix the issue. Thank you for your patience.)
- Tracy Tracer
Prepaid cards will be loaded with an initial value of $300, and funds will be refilled every 3 months (up to a maximum value of $300) up to September 2024. As this is a pilot program, participation is limited. Allocations and duration are subject to change based on funding availability and SJCOG reserves the right to adjust if necessary.
A maximum of one card per household will be issued.
Eligibility Requirements and Proof of Eligibility
1. Card recipients must be 18 years of age or older.
2. Eligible participants must live in the project area as depicted by blue outline on Table 1.
Table 1: Stockton Eligibility Area
*Disclaimer: The project area map is for general reference purposes. Eligible addresses must fall within and between the project area and will be verified when application is reviewed.
3. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements based on incomes depicted in Table 2. Income limits found in the table below can also be found at: https://www.hcd.ca.gov/sites/default/files/docs/grants-and-funding/income-limits-2023.pdf.
Table 2: Income Eligibility
|If your household contains this many people||Your annual household income must be equal to or less than this to qualify|
Disclaimer: SJCOG reserves the right to request proof of eligibility if needed to confirm participant lives in the project area and income falls within the eligible levels.
If approved or denied, the applicant will be informed within two weeks via email, telephone, mail, or in person. In the case of approval, a debit card will be assigned to the applicant and distributed based on the preferred delivery method, but activation will be required before funds can be loaded onto the card. Please allow up to a week from date of activation for the card to be loaded with funds.
Participant shall activate debit card within three months from the date on the Letter of Issuance. If the card is not activated within three months, the card will automatically be canceled and you will be notified by email or telephone depending on your communication preference.
To apply for the incentives program, please complete the online application through the online form center or submit the printable application in person or via mail or email to San Joaquin Council of Governments, 555 E. Weber Ave., Stockton, CA 95202, firstname.lastname@example.org. All required fields must be complete for applications to be considered.
- Program Guidelines (please read the guidelines prior to applying)
- Printable Application
- Online Application
Debit Card Questions
- How do I report a debit card lost or stolen?
IF YOUR DEBIT CARD WAS LOST OR STOLEN, PLEASE CONTACT MELISSA ABLANG, (209) 235-1093 OR ABLANG@SJCOG.ORG, TO REPORT THE CARD LOST OR STOLEN AND REQUEST FOR A REPLACEMENT CARD.
- Why was my debit card declined?
IF YOU SWIPED YOUR DEBIT CARD AT ONE OF THE AGENCIES LISTED ABOVE AND YOUR CARD WAS DECLINED, PLEASE CONTACT MELISSA ABLANG, (209) 235-1093 OR ABLANG@SJCOG.ORG, SO THAT WE COULD ADD THE AGENCY AS AN ALLOWABLE MERCHANT.