Avoid the Parking Madness – Take MTS to NCAA Tournament

Trolley and Rapid bus service runs to SDSU every 15 minutes all day long

         San Diego – Basketball fans can avoid parking and traffic madness by taking transit to the first- and second-round NCAA March Madness tournament at SDSU on Friday, March 18 and Sunday, March 20. Fans are encouraged to take the Green Line Trolley or Rapid 215, which both offer 15-minute service throughout the day, directly to the SDSU campus. Fans are encouraged to make their game plan ahead of time and travel early.

Green Line Trolley service:

  • Traveling east from downtown, Old Town or Mission Valley: The Green Line Trolley runs every 15 minutes to campus Friday and Sunday. Riders are encouraged to use free Park & Ride lots along the Trolley line to cut down on their travel time. After 5 p.m. Hazard Center offers transit users 1,500 free parking spaces on the Lower Level only on NCAA tournament days.
  • Traveling west from Santee, El Cajon or La Mesa: The Green Line Trolley runs every 15 minutes to campus on Friday and every 30 minutes on Sunday. Riders can use free Park & Ride lots at the Santee, El Cajon, Grossmont or 70th Street stations.
  • Service Alert: Due to previously scheduled track work on Sunday, March 20, the Green Line will not operate between Old Town and Fashion Valley transit centers. Riders traveling on the Green Line west of Fashion Valley will need to transfer to a bus bridge for service between the impacted stations.

Rapid 215: For fans coming from downtown San Diego or South Bay, transfer from the Orange or UC San Diego Blue Line Trolleys to Rapid 215 at the City College Station. Rapid 215 offers frequent, limited stop service in a bus only lane to the SDSU campus (approximately 35 minutes from downtown’s City College Transit Center to SDSU).

Paying for your fare: Riders are encouraged download the PRONTO mobile ticketing app to buy fares right on their phone. Riders can load money and pay as they go ($2.50 for a one-way fare, good for up to two hours of travel time). If traveling as a family, kids 12 & under ride MTS free on Saturdays and Sundays, when accompanied by a fare paying adult.

            For additional service information, including Park & Ride lot options, visit sdmts.com.

MTS operates more than 100 bus routes and three Trolley lines in 10 cities and unincorporated areas of San Diego. Frequencies and spans have been restored to near-pre-COVID-19 levels. Updated schedules can be accessed on the MTS website. Federal law requires passengers to wear face coverings at all times, and MTS requests that riders practice physical distancing when possible.