Ready to ride? The Metropolitan Transit System is launching its Youth Opportunity Pass (YOP) program this Sunday. Young riders will be able to scan their PRONTO cards and use public transportation services at no cost — a first for San Diegans. Before this pilot program leaves the station, let’s check out the basics you’ll need to know.
🚍 Why is this important?
The San Diego Association of Governments introduced YOP as a component of the city’s Transit Equity Pilot program, providing mobility solutions to underserved communities. As public transit services expand, SANDAG believes the program will enable young people to access essential services + help build lifelong riders.
💳 Who can ride?
People ages 5-18 with a PRONTO card or app account qualify for free rides. They’ll also need to show proof of eligibility, like a school ID, passport, driver’s license, or Youth photo ID PRONTO cards.
🚎 How to ride
The program provides access to MTS Trolley + bus services, plus the North County Transit District’s FLEX, BREEZE, SPRINTER, and COASTER trains. There’s no limit on the number of rides — go to school, practice, a Padres game, or visit a friend.
🛤️ Get on track
The YOP helps new riders become familiar with public transportation options. While they become familiar with services, the city has resources ready for those who need training wheels.
- Use MTS’s Trip Planner to find the route you need + monitor ride times with the OneBusAway app
- Physical PRONTO cards can be obtained at these schools, organizations + locations
- Want to learn more? Check out the FAQs or SANDAG’s community workshop here
⏱️ How long will the program last?
Currently, the YOP pilot program is scheduled to run through July 31, 2023. It may be renewed, because the Transit Equity Pilot includes program evaluation. If it isn’t, youth riders will be eligible to receive discounted rates on the PRONTO card.