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Golden Triangle Resources
  • COASTER: This commuter train runs along the San Diego County coast seven days a week, connecting 8 coastal stations to the Sorrento Valley COASTER Station
  • MTS Rapid:
    • Rapid 237 offers a fast and reliable ride between the Rancho Bernardo Transit Station and UC San Diego. Stops include the Sabre Springs Transit Station and locations along Mira Mesa Blvd and Genesee Ave.
    • SuperLoop Rapid serves major institutions in the Golden Triangle area and residential communities in University City. SuperLoop Rapid routes 201, 202, and 204 connect to Rapid 237 at the Gilman Transit Center and Genesee/UTC stops, for easy access to stops in Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo.
      • SuperLoop Rapid 201 / 202
      • SuperLoop Rapid 204
  • Local Buses: Several local buses serve the greater Golden Triangle employment centers and major institutions, like UC San Diego, the VA Medical Center and the UTC Transit Center.
    • MTS Route 30: Downtown – UTC / VA Medical Center
    • MTS Route 31: Miramar College Transit Station – UTC Transit Center
    • MTS Route 41: UC San Diego / VA Medical Center – Fashion Valley Transit Center
    • MTS Route 60: UTC Transit Center via Kearny Mesa – Euclid Ave Trolley Station via Kearny Mesa
    • MTS Route 105: Old Town Transit Center – UTC Transit Center
    • MTS Route 150: UTC Transit Center / VA Medical Center - Downtown
    • MTS Route 921: Miramar College Transit Center – UC San Diego / VA Medical Center
    • NCTD Route 101: Oceanside – UC San Diego / VA Medical Center
Transit Agencies

There are two transit agencies in San Diego County:

  • Metropolitan Transit System (MTS): MTS provides services in the central, south, and east San Diego County regions. MTS operates three Trolley lines and an extensive local bus and Rapid transit system. Visit MTS for information on routes, schedules, fares, and passes.
  • North County Transit District (NCTD): NCTD provides service in north San Diego County. NCTD runs two rail lines - COASTER and SPRINTER -and the BREEZE and FLEX bus systems. Visit NCTD for information on routes, schedules, fares, and passes.
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Rider Info, Schedules & Fares

Rail

  • COASTER: This commuter train runs along the San Diego County coast seven days a week serving eight stations between Oceanside and Downtown San Diego.
  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner: Six trains stop at all eight COASTER stations daily. All valid COASTER fare media will be accepted on board these select Pacific Surfliners.
    • The three northbound trains leave San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot at 8:24 a.m., 10:42 a.m., and 9:00 p.m.
    • The three southbound trains leave Oceanside Transit Center at 7:03 p.m., 9:19 p.m., and 11:53 p.m.
  • SPRINTER: The east-west light rail system connects Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido, serving 15 stations along the Highway 78 corridor.
  • Trolley: Light rail is a convenient way to travel to key San Diego destinations and neighborhoods. The Trolley consists of three lines: Blue, Orange, and Green. These lines serve 53 stations including historic Old Town, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, the San Ysidro border crossing, Petco Park, and Qualcomm Stadium, among other popular San Diego destinations.
    • Fares and Passes
    • Routes and Schedules
    • MTS GO!: You can now use your cell phone to find out what time your Trolley will arrive. And for many routes, it's real-time. Text GOMTS (46687) with your stop number. You can also download the GO! MTS app to get real-time updates. 
    • MTS mTicket Mobile Ticketing: Buy your Trolley day pass instantly on your phone—anywhere, anytime. mTicket is available for select events. 

Bus

  • MTS local buses: Buses are a convenient and affordable way to get around San Diego. MTS bus routes serve schools and colleges, hospitals, employment centers, major shopping centers, and tourist destinations in central and south San Diego County.
  • MTS Rapid: Rapid is a new transit service offering a faster, more frequent and more reliable ride.
  • NCTD BREEZE: Breeze buses provide public transit to destinations throughout north San Diego County.
  • NCTD FLEX: FLEX service offers rides by reservation within Flex Zones in North County. Simply call the toll-free reservation line, (855) 844-1454, at least 30 minutes in advance and get picked up at any location within the FLEX zone and dropped off at your desired location or nearest transit connection point.
  • MTS Access (Customized Transit for Mobility-Impaired Travelers): Access vehicles provide origin-to-destination service for people with disabilities that prevent the use of standard MTS transit services and have been certified for eligibility as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service is available within ¾ miles of fixed bus routes or Trolley lines.
  • NCTD LIFT (Customized Transit for Mobility-Impaired Travelers): LIFT vehicles provide origin-to-destination service for people with disabilities that prevent the use of standard NCTD transit services and who have been certified for eligibility as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service is available within ¾ miles of fixed bus routes or train stations.
  • UC San Diego Shuttles: UC San Diego provides shuttles for free to faculty, staff and students, serving campus, medical centers and key points off-campus. Just show your campus ID to the driver to ride the shuttles for free.
Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Guaranteed Ride Home: Make choosing transit even easier. Registered iCommute participants can get a free ride home in a taxi or rental car up to three times per year in case of a personal or family emergency or illness and unscheduled overtime. Sign up today.
Park & Ride
  • Park & Ride: There are Park & Ride lots conveniently located throughout the San Diego region and southern Riverside County. Parking is free for commuters accessing transit or meeting their carpool or vanpool.
Bike & Ride
  • It’s easy to take your bike on the bus, Trolley or train. You can either leave your bike in a secure location at a transit station or Park & Ride lot, or take it with you on your transit trip. There are currently more than 60 transit locations that feature bike lockers, with more being added each year. Learn more:
Read & Ride
  • Read & Ride eBook Club: Take transit and capture some free time for a good book. MTS has teamed up with the San Diego Public Library to make your transit ride even more enjoyable. The Read & Ride eBook Club allows you to download books for free on your eReader or smartphone! Join other transit riders in reading our featured books of the quarter and participate in book discussion groups and other Read & Ride events.