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San Diego Transit


San Diego Transit

San Diego Transit

"Dump The Pump!"
"Way to Go!"
"Smart Move!"

"MTS Moves Me!"
Parent San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
Founded January 1, 1948; 66 years ago (1948-01-01)
Headquarters 1255 Imperial Ave. Suite 900
Locale San Diego, CA
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 89
Fuel type Diesel, CNG, CNG-electric hybrid
Operator San Diego MTS and
Veolia Transportation

San Diego Transit is a public bus service operated by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) for the San Diego area.

MTS is one of the oldest transit systems in Southern California Dating Back as early as the 1880s, although the d/b/a names have changed over the years the two modes of transportation, buses and light rail, have remained consistent over the past 125 years.

San Diego Transit has the following operating divisions:

  • Internally operated fixed route bus services consisting largely of urban and express routes in the core of the San Diego area. Bus operators are hired and managed under MTS.
  • Contracted services consisting of fixed route, paratransit services, and rural services. Each is provided under a contractual basis to a transportation service provider. Veolia Transport.

Compass Card

Main article: Compass Card

In September 2008, SANDAG introduced a new contactless "Compass Card", made possible by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.. The "Compass Card" allows passengers from MTS and NCTD to store regional transit passes and cash value on a rewriteable RFID card. Customers can purchase passes and add cash value on the Internet or at any ticket vending machine. When a customer boards a bus they simply tap their Compass Card on the "Validator", usually located near or on the farebox. The LED display then lights up with lights resembling that of a stoplight, and the LCD display shows text regarding the passenger's fare account. When boarding rail vehicles the Validators are located on the platform, and the same process is performed to board the trains.

See also


  • Metropolitan Transit System
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