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Free Ride Day MTS

September 27, 2018

    On Tuesday, October 2 all fixed route MTS buses and all three Trolley lines will be TOTALLY FREE to ride.

    Do I need a Compass Card or other fare on Free Ride Day?

    No fares will be collected on Free Ride Day – just get on board and enjoy the ride.

    I am a regular rider and using Compass Cash. Should I still tap on the validator?

    No – do not tap on the validator. If you tap the validator a fare will be deducted and we won’t be able to provide you a refund. Keep the Compass Card at home!

    Can I ride the North County Transit District’s services, such as the COASTER or SPRINTER?

    Yes. NCTD is participating in Free Ride Day as well. Visit its website for more information about NCTD Free Ride Day at

    What if I can’t participate on Free Ride Day on Oct. 2, but still want to try transit soon. Can I get a free ride rain check?

    No. Unfortunately Free Ride Day is one day only. If you’re looking to give transit a try, a Day Pass can be downloaded using the Compass Cloud app for just $5.

    Will MTS be operating on a normal weekday schedule?

    Yes – all buses and Trolleys will operating on a normal weekday schedule.


    On Free Ride Day, MTS is awarding 10 lucky winners a prize for participating, including the grand prize – free transit for a year! See below a list of prizes and for ways to enter on Free Ride Day, October 2, 2018.


    • Grand Prize: Free transit for a year! Win 12 months of an Adult Regional Pass (an $840 value) – One (1) winner.
    • $100 Best Buy gift card – One (1) winner.
    • Two (2) Plaza Level tickets to an upcoming SDSU Football game ($80 – 150 value) – Three (3) winners
    • $25 gift card to your choice of Albertsons, Vons or Starbucks – Five (5) winners

    More details here

    You ride, we guide.