Youth Opportunity Pass

SANDAG has partnered with MTS, NCTD, and the County of San Diego to offer free transit rides to young people under 18 through the Youth Opportunity Pass program. SANDAG funds the Youth Opportunity Pass as part of the Transit Equity Pilot program, which aims to make transit more accessible for the region's equity-focused communities.
For more information about the program, contact YouthOpportunityPass@sandag.org.

Highlights

  • Bus routes 13, 7, 929, 303, and 350 remain among the most popular youth bus routes regionwide, with each averaging over 25,000 monthly youth rides in the most recent quarter.
  • Trolley ridership remains strong, averaging 315,000 youth rides each month, up 12% year-over-year. 
  • East County ridership continues to grow, with MTS Routes 815, 816, 848, and 864 all up by more than 50% year-over-year, providing an average of 12,000 monthly rides to youth in El Cajon, Lakeside, and Valle de Oro.
  • Youth ridership in North County has more than doubled year-over-year on NCTD Breeze routes 347, 358, 371, and 445, which now provide an average of 4,500 monthly rides in San Marcos, Escondido, and Ramona.
Typical youth ridership is drawn from Q4 (October - December) when school fully returned to session, and most youths had enrolled in the program. These comparisons are between Q4 2022 and Q4 2023. 

Overview

The charts below show the total number of rides taken and miles traveled on bus and rail routes by youths in the San Diego region. These data range from when the program started in May 2022 to December 2023. This page will be updated on a quarterly basis.
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Monthly Youth Ridership

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Data Limitations

Please note that the data are collected by another agency. As such, SANDAG does not perform data validation procedures on this data set. Although SANDAG makes efforts to identify and address potential issues, users and analysts should exercise their professional judgment when relying on the data.