Over 5 million young San Diegans have received a free ride, thanks to a program funded by SANDAG and the County of San Diego.
On Feb. 24, SANDAG, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), North County Transit District (NCTD), and the County of San Diego celebrated the Youth Opportunity Pass program’s 5 million free rides milestone, which was reached in just 10 months after the program’s launch in May of last year.
Attending the celebration and press conference, held at SANDAG’s downtown office, were SANDAG and San Diego County Supervisor Chairwoman Nora Vargas; SANDAG Vice Chair, MTS Board Member, and San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera; NCTD Chair and Solana Beach City Councilmember Jewel Edson; and Mid-City Community Advocacy Network Representative Denisse Lopez.
The SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass program is the first of its kind in the San Diego region, offering free public transit to anyone 18 and under. The program offers young people 18 and under access to unlimited free rides on the bus, Trolley, COASTER, and SPRINTER with a Youth PRONTO account.
The Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is funded by $6.13 million from SANDAG and $1.5 million from the County of San Diego.
To learn more about the Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program and where to pick up a free youth PRONTO card, visit SANDAG.org/YOP.