Youth Opportunity Pass

18 and under ride free with PRONTO!

Free transit for youth is here!

Starting May 1, anyone aged 18 and under can ride transit for free as part of the SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program. Get your Youth PRONTO app account or card to get unlimited rides on the bus, Trolley, COASTER, and SPRINTER through June 30, 2023. Transit is perfect for youth riders who need:

A reliable way

to get to school, practice,  entertainment, and more

A fast and free ride

to work or an internship

A safe ride to go

to meet friends, get connected, and explore our beautiful region

What is the Youth Opportunity Pass?

SANDAG has teamed up with MTS, NCTD, and the County of San Diego to connect youth to opportunity by providing free transit to anyone aged 18 and under. The Youth Opportunity Pass is funded by SANDAG as part of its Transit Equity Pilot, a program to make transit accessible for everyone. Learn more about the 2021 Regional Plan and all of the work SANDAG is doing in your community at SANDAG.org.

Youth Can Ride Free: As Easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Get PRONTO
2. Get Ready
3. Get Riding

New to transit?
Helpful tips:

When you see the bus or trolley coming, wait at the stop so the operator can see you and confirm the destination sign on the front and side of the vehicle shows the correct route number and destination.

Sit anywhere you’d like or stand holding one of the available safety bars or handholds. Please reserve the seats and spaces marked for seniors and riders who are disabled. If you need to stand on the bus, please move toward the back to keep the aisle and exit as clear as possible for other passengers.

Know your stop! Trolleys stop at all scheduled stations. You must request your stop on a bus by pulling the yellow cord by the windows and the “Stop Requested” sign will light up. Operators announce major stops along most routes. Please exit through the rear door of the bus.

You’re all set! We can’t wait to see what the Youth Opportunity Pass connects you to next.

Resources

For Riders

Where to get your
PRONTO card

Download List

Convert to a Reduced
Fare Online

Watch Video

For educational institutions and community organizations

Request Cards for Your Community

Request Cards

Outreach Workshop

Watch Workshop

Partner Toolkit

Download Toolkit

About

SANDAG is the regional agency that connects people, places, and innovative ideas by implementing solutions with our unique and diverse communities. We are committed to creating a San Diego region where every person who visits, works, and lives can thrive.

To see how SANDAG is making our region more connected, visit our website at SANDAG.org.

MTS operates more than 100 bus routes and three Trolley lines on 64 miles of double-tracked railway. The agency’s service area spans in 10 cities and the unincorporated area in San Diego County. Schedules can be accessed on the MTS website. MTS requires people to wear face coverings at all times and practice social distancing when possible.

The North County Transit District is a public transportation agency providing over 10 million passenger trips in Fiscal Year 2019 throughout North San Diego County and into downtown San Diego. NCTD is designated as a rail common carrier by the Surface Transportation Board based on the movement of interstate commerce on the tracks and the Railroad of Record by the Federal Railroad Administration responsible for safety over the entire San Diego portion of the LOSSAN corridor. NCTD’s system includes BREEZE buses (with FLEX service), COASTER commuter trains, SPRINTER hybrid rail trains, and LIFT paratransit service. NCTD’s mission is to deliver safe, convenient, reliable, and user-friendly public transportation services. For more information visit: GoNCTD.com.

The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. For more information visit: sandiegocounty.gov.

Need Help With Your Pronto Account?

Pronto Support Center

(619) 595-5636

MTS Customer Service

(619) 557-4555

NCTD Customer Service

(760) 966-6500
Questions about Youth Opportunity Pass?
Contact us at: YouthOpportunityPass@sandag.org