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Triton U-Pass for Students

Triton U-Pass is a UC San Diego universal transit pass program  that provides students unlimited rides on all regional MTS and NCTD mass transit bus and trolley/light rail routes during academic quarters. This excludes:

  • NCTD: Coaster Train, FLEX and LIFT
  • MTS: Rural Routes (888, 891, 892 and 894), Rapid Express Routes (currently 270, 280 and 290) and Access


  • All current undergraduate and graduate students who have paid quarterly registration fees are eligible for U-Pass. Eligibility verification and student ID are required.
  • UC San Diego Extension students and visiting scholars are not eligible for the program.

Fall 2018 U-Pass is available Sept. 17. 

Triton U-Pass

U-Pass Cloud App for smartphones — iPhone or Android. 

Get U-Pass Cloud App

Downloading the Compass Cloud app will not give you a U-Pass.

You must follow these steps after Sept. 17:

  1. In early September, eligible students will receive a confirmation email with links to download the Compass Cloud app for iPhone or Android. 
  2. After you download the app on your smartphone, create your account using your email address.
  3. Your UC San Diego U-Pass will appear under “My Tickets” on Sept. 17.

Using U-Pass Cloud

U-Pass Cloud Ticket

Watch the How to Use Compass Cloud video.

With U-Pass Cloud, you are required to show your current UC San Diego student photo ID card if requested by transit officials.

You don't need a network or wireless connection to use U-Pass Cloud because it’s stored on your phone.
  • Open the Compass Cloud app on your smartphone and select “My Tickets” from the menu on the left of the screen. Your pass will be displayed.
  • Select UCSD U-Pass listed under “Stored Tickets.” A pop-up window will ask, “Would you like to use this ticket?” Select “Use Ticket.”
  • The pass will then activate displaying the animated Trolley, buses and COASTER on screen with the expiration date at the top. Tap the back arrow at the top left of your active ticket to return to the “My Tickets” screen. Your active pass will be shown at the top of the list, under “Tickets in Use.”
To use the interactive feature, tap on the pass and it will change colors. Tapping again returns the pass to its original state.
  • For the bus, activate your mobile pass by tapping “Use” before you board the vehicle.
  • For rail (Trolley or Sprinter), activate your ticket by tapping "Use" as you get on the platform. Your ticket must be activated in all fare-required areas. Tickets activated less than two minutes prior to inspection are subject to a fare violation citation.
  • Display QR code if an operator or fare inspector requests it. To activate the QR-code on your pass, tap on the small square QR-code icon in the bottom right corner of your active pass; tap again to close it. Fare inspectors may use the QR-code embedded within the pass to verify valid transit fare.

Troubleshooting the App

Why can’t I access my U-Pass?

Only students who sign up online and receive an email confirmation will be able to access the U-Pass ticket in the app. You must use your email address when you create your account in the app to access your U-Pass.

Why doesn’t my pass activate quickly?

Some smartphones with older operating systems do not work as fast as newer phones. If you have an older phone, give yourself plenty of time to activate the ticket before the vehicle arrives or entering the fare-required zone. Make sure you don’t have too many applications open because this can affect app performance.

What if my app is unresponsive?

Try logging out of the app and logging back in, and then try powering your phone off and then back on.

What if my phone battery is dead?

You are responsible for showing proof of valid fare to operators, fare inspectors or other authorized personnel. If your device cannot display an active pass, use your UC San Diego photo ID with valid U-Pass sticker.  Otherwise, you will be responsible for paying the standard fare.

What if I have a new or lost phone?

You should recall your pass before resetting your phone, uninstalling the app or getting a new device. Log into your Compass Cloud account, navigate to “My Account” and then to “My Tickets” and click the "Recall my Tickets" button. Follow the instructions to recall your pass.

When you sign into your new app, you will be taken to the “My Tickets” screen if you have retrievable tickets. Then, tap the "Retrieve My Tickets" button. You can also complete this process from the "My Account" section of the app.

Who do I contact for assistance with the Compass Cloud app?

Visit MTS Customer Service or contact the Compass Service Center, (619) 595-5636.

U-Pass Sticker – Waiver Required

Sticker Availability

U-Pass stickers are available for students who do not have a smartphone or are unable to use the U-Pass app due to a disability. After completing a waiver, you will be able to order a U-Pass sticker online for delivery by mail with 5–7 business days.

If you have a U-Pass sticker, you cannot use the U-Pass Cloud app. 

More information will be available in early September.

Using U-Pass Sticker

  • Show your U-Pass to the bus driver as you board. When riding the MTS trolley or NCTD Sprinter, be prepared to present your U-Pass to officials upon request.
  • U-Pass is non-transferable. Do not let anyone else use your U-Pass or MTS will revoke access to the U-Pass program for all involved parties. The university may also take additional disciplinary action.
  • Report problems with U-Pass immediately. For any issues or complaints related to services, bus drivers or problems using your U-Pass, contact the service provider.

Rider Resources


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