San Diego transit agencies to waive fares on 5 October to boost ridership
San Diego MTS and North County Transit District’s Free Ride Day 2022 will provide San Diegans with the opportunity to join the clean air movement across the State of California, while reducing emissions and improving air quality.
Credit: San Diego MTS
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) have announced that all rides will be free on MTS and NCTD services, including the Trolley, COASTER, SPRINTER and fixed-route buses on 5 October 2022.
Free Ride Day is being held in conjunction with California’s Clean Air Day 2022, where residents across the state will take steps to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Rideshare Week is also taking place from 3 October to 7 October 2022 to encourage employees to try ride-sharing.
“As we see MTS ridership rebound following the pandemic, we hope Free Ride Day is an opportunity for more people to give transit a try,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair and Chair of San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Not only do we want riders to see how transit can benefit them personally, but on Free Ride Day, San Diegans have the opportunity to join the clean air movement across the state of California. Taking transit is one of the most impactful ways individuals can help combat climate change.”
MTS and NCTD have held an annual Free Ride Day since 2018, with the exception of 2021 when they held a free ride month. On previous Free Ride Day events, transit ridership has increased as much as 30 per cent.
“We’re fortunate in our region to have public transit systems that access so much of the county,” said Jewel Edson, NCTD Board Chair and Solana Beach City Councilmember. “By offering free rides on 5 October, we hope folks will leave their cars at home for the day and try transit. It’s important for our community and for our air quality that we embrace transit and see how it can fit into our daily commute.”
While Free Ride Day will be valid on all MTS and NCTD fixed-route services including buses, the Trolley, SPRINTER and COASTER, the promotion will not be valid on Amtrak Rail 2 Rail, MTS Access and NCTD LIFT paratransit services. Passengers will not need a PRONTO card or valid fare for either system and MTS and NCTD services will operate on a normal weekday schedule.
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