Fixed-route bus and rail services across San Diego County will be free on Tuesday as part of a nationwide sustainable transportation push, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District announced.
Free Ride Day is being held in conjunction with SANDAG iCommute efforts to promote National Rideshare Week, an effort to educate people about the sustainable transportation choices available in the San Diego Region.
“We are hosting Free Ride Day to encourage San Diego residents to shake up their routine and choose transit,” said Paul Jablonski, MTS Chief Executive Officer.
Free Ride Day will be valid on all MTS and NCTD fixed-routes services including buses, the Trolley, Sprinter and Coaster. NCTD Lift and Amtrak R2R trains will not be participating.
Passengers will not need a Compass Card on this day.
MTS and NCTD services will operate on a normal weekday schedule.
From Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5 transportation organizations here and around the country will promote commuting alternatives.
“Choosing transit is absolutely critical for this region as we all strive to meet our climate action goals,” said Georgette Gomez, MTS Board Chair. “We need to do everything we can to get people to use alternative modes of transportation. Our environment depends on it.”
Free Ride Day is part of an overall campaign to show people how transit can fit into many lifestyles.