Important Alert :  

COASTER: As of Monday, 3/23, all weekend trains and some weekday trains suspended  Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the North County Transit District (NCTD) is experiencing significant declines in ridership and has determined that temporary service reductions will be implemented for COASTER commuter trains. The following temporary service reductions will be in effect beginning […]


Free Ride Day

Take the Pledge

Ride to the polls for free on Tuesday, November 3!

That’s right – on Election Day * Tuesday, November 3 you can ride for free on NCTD’s BREEZE buses, FLEX buses, LIFT ADA Paratransit, COASTER trains, and SPRINTER trains. MTS services will also be free!

*MTS Access & Amtrak Rail 2 Rail services not included

Take the Pledge

Take the pledge on MTS’ website or RSVP on the Facebook event today to show that you plan to Choose Transit on November 3!


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 MTS’ services for free, too?

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


What if I can’t participate on Free Ride Day on Nov. 3, but still want to try transit soon. Can I get a free ride rain check?

No. Unfortunately Free Ride Day is one day only.


Is Amtrak’s Rail 2 Rail free on Free Ride Day?

No. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will still require a valid COASTER Regional pass or Amtrak fare to ride.