Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)



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Riding MTS?

Fall 2021 will bring new changes to MTS with the launch of PRONTO!   Students will still be able to get their semester or monthly transit passes right to their phone without any fees.  Passes will give you unlimited transit use on both MTS buses and Trolleys all month or semester long- along with free transfers (up to 2hrs)!

(Passes are also valid on NCTD SPRINTER and BREEZE services.)


Student Passes 

Fall 2021

Students interested in obtaining a semester or monthly passes for the Fall can register for a PRONTO account beginning August 16th.   

  • A Fall Semester Pass is $110.  On sale 8/16 through 10/31 - Valid 8/16 - 12/31 
  • September rides with a Pronto account will be FREE!  (The free rides have been included in the reduced semester pass cost). Please download the PRONTO app and create an account using your SDSU email address. From there, go to the, "Use" tab to create a virtual Adult card. You should then see a QR code listed on the "Use" tab of the app, and that is all you will need to scan for rides this month!
  • Monthly passes ($57.60) will begin in October. On sale 9/20 - 10/19. Valid 10/1 - 10/31.  

To get started:

  • Step 1:    Go to the SDSU T2 parking portal and click on, "Permits," in the upper left hand corner, and then, "Get Permits." Click, "Next" and then select the $110.00 "MTS Semester Pass/Fall 2021 - NOT A PARKING PERMIT" option. Proceed with purchase.
  • Step 2:   Directions will be emailed to you within 24 hours after your purchase, with a step-by-step guide on how to access your pass
  • Step 3:   Download the PRONTO mobile app in the Apple or Google app stores. Do not use a web browser to create an account. Please make sure to use your SDSU email address for your account - and do not login on more than one device. (If you do not have a mobile device and need a physical card, please contact [email protected]Step-by-step cheat sheet.
  • Step 4:   Follow the instructions that were emailed to you to download/activate your pass within the PRONTO app. You can verify your transaction was successful by clicking on the "Use" tab. You should see a QR code with the SDSU Fall Pass listed for $0.00.

(You must register your PRONTO mobile account with the same email address provided in T2.)



  • Sign- up for a MTS YOUTH PASS directly through MTS - visit for more information.
  • Students 18 & under can save even more money by using the MTS Youth Pass, instead of semester pass
    • Monthly - $23
    • Daily - $3


Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff will be eligible to receive transit passes through payroll deduction - CSU employees only. More information will be forthcoming. Please email [email protected] to be added to our email listserv and receive ongoing updates.

(Faculty/staff employees with Aztec Shops, Research Foundation and Associated Students please check with your payroll/hr representative to request transit payroll deduction)


Discounted semester and monthly transit passes are available to all SDSU students. Faculty monthly passes are offered through payroll deduction.

Don’t need a semester or monthly pass? Try a Day Pass for only $6, and get unlimited rides on buses and trolleys all day long.

  • Faculty/Staff monthly payroll deduction pass: $72
  • Student monthly passes are $57.60
  • Fall Semester Student Pass: $110
  • Spring Semester Student Pass: $155
  • 3-Zone fare (recommended for riders coming from north of Solana Beach to Old Town).
  • 2-Zone (recommended for riders coming from Sorrento Valley to Old Town). 
  • There is no discount on the COASTER for the college pass program.

Don't have a smart phone?

Please following the following steps:

  1. Walk-in to office hours & pick up a pass at Parking & Transportation Office
  2. Pay for your pass beforehand on the T2 Portal.
  3. Semester, monthly and staff passes available.

When traveling on MTS, special/student fares must be able to show proof of eligibility, or risk receiving a fine.


Taking transit to campus is easy!

To determine the best route, simply enter your start and end destinations into a map application like Google Maps and then select the transit icon.

You can also adjust the departure time to ensure that the optimal route is suggested.

Commuting to campus by bus or trolley is a safe and convenient alternative to driving!

  • All (MTS) Metropolitan Transit System bus routes serving the University, along with the Green Line Trolley stop at the SDSU Transit Center. Conveniently located next to the Aztec Student Union.
  • The Green Line Trolley runs every 15 minutes most of the day and provides access between the SDSU campus and Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, Old Town and downtown San Diego.
  • MTS also has many bus routes that connects students throughout the region. One of the most popular bus routes is Rapid 215 – a high frequency, limited stop service between SDSU and downtown San Diego (serving communities with popular main streets and restaurants such as North Park, Normal Heights, City Heights University Heights and recreation areas of Balboa Park).

Interactive Campus MTS Stop Map

There are many options for travel outside of San Diego that offer student discounts:

MTS Service Changes 

For more information please email: [email protected]