Free Ride Day

Get a free lift on Wednesday, October 4!

Free Ride Day is taking place Wednesday, October 4. Trolleys, COASTER, SPRINTER, and fixed-route buses will be totally free to ride. Free Ride Day is being held in conjunction with California’s Clean Air Day, where residents across the state of California will take steps to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Taking transit in lieu of driving can provide many benefits:

Cost Commute

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With gas prices still hovering around $5 in San Diego County, riders are invited to try the commute cost calculator to see how much they can save by choosing transit.

Reduce Air Pollution

Reduce Air Pollution

People who will participate in Free Ride Day are encouraged to take the Clean Air Pledge and demonstrate the collective commitment to clearer air.

A recent report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shows that individuals who ride on public transit instead of driving a car in San Diego can save almost $15,000 a year or $1,250 a month! The rising cost of purchasing and maintaining a car and the rising cost of gas makes taking public transit a much more affordable option. Read the report here.

Free Ride Day Pop-Ups

MTS will also hold pop-up outreach events in the morning and afternoon to thank riders for choosing transit. Riders can stop by for transit info, and promotional items and enter to win a Free Ride Day giveaway!

  • Old Town Transit Center - 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Euclid Avenue Transit Center - 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Iris Avenue Transit Center - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • UTC Transit Center - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Fashion Valley Transit Center - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In celebration of California Clean Air Day, SANDAG will also be holding popups at these locations:

  • San Ysidro Transit Center: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Miramar College Transit Center: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • La Mesa Blvd. Station: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Balboa Avenue Station: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Tag @sdmts and win!

Tag us in your Free Ride Day photos for a chance to win a Best Buy Gift Card!

  1. Follow us @sdmts on Instagram or Twitter
  2. Post your best Free Ride Day Photo
  3. Make sure to tag us @sdmts

Winners will be notified on Friday, October 6, 2023!
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