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Lower public transit fares become permanent

Starting Friday, January 20, a host of public transit fare reductions for BREEZE, LIFT and COASTER services, as well as the RegionPlus Day Pass, will become permanent. The changes affect services provided by the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit System (NCTD).

The price cuts were adopted as amendments to the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance by the SANDAG Board of Directors on December 16, 2011. Under the revised ordinance, promotional fares that NCTD implemented on January 20, 2011 for a one-year period will become permanent. The cost of the RegionPlus Day Pass will drop from $14 to $12.  

Also starting January 20, Albertsons replaces Vons as the exclusive grocery store outlet to purchase and reload Compass Card, the region’s smart card transit pass for bus and rail services provided by MTS and NCTD.

Here is a list of promotional fares that will become permanent:  

• BREEZE –One-way regular cash fare reduced from $2 to $1.75 ($1 to $0.75 for Senior/Disabled/Medicare)

• LIFT - LIFT fare reduced from $4.00 to $3.50

• COASTER – One-way regular cash fare reduced from a range of $5 to $6.50 to a range of $4 to $5.50 ($2.50-$3.25 to $2-$2.75 for Senior/Disabled/ Medicare)

• COASTER – COASTER zones reduced from four zones to three zones; from two zones to one zone within the NCTD service area and no change within the MTS service area)

• COASTER – Regular monthly pass fares reduced from a range of $144 to $182 to a range of $120 to $165 ($45.50 to $41.25 for Senior/Disabled/Medicare)

• COASTER – For riders with Regular, Youth, or Senior/ Disabled/Medicare Compass Passes, the discount for a one-way COASTER ticket changed to $0.50 and the discount for a round-trip COASTER ticket changed to $1

For more information about the fare ordinance changes, visit

Project Manager(s)

Brian Lane, Senior Transit Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7331, E-mail:

David Hicks, Communications Director
Phone: (619) 699-6939, E-mail:

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