Triton U-Pass for Students

Triton U-Pass

Triton U-Pass is a universal transit pass program at UC San Diego that provides students unlimited ridership on all regional mass transit bus and trolley/light rail routes provided by MTS and NCTD. 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


U-Pass stickers are valid during fall, winter and spring quarters only. The 2016-17 U-Pass stickers will be available at the:

  • Transportation Services tent on Library Walk near the Bookstore from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays. (If it's raining, distribution may be temporarily relocated to the Commuter Lounge inside the Price Center.)
  • Gilman Parking Office:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 7–9 a.m.
    • Weekdays, 4–5 p.m.

Transit Rider Survey

Tell the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System what you want from transit — fewer transfers, shorter commute times, increased service. Take the Transit Optimization Plan Survey before Sept. 23.


All undergraduate and graduate students who have paid quarterly registration fees are eligible for a U-Pass. Eligibility verification and student ID are required.

UC San Diego Extension students and visiting scholars are not eligible for the program.

How to use U-Pass

  • Have Transportation Services validate your eligibility and affix your U-Pass sticker to your student ID.
  • Show your U-Pass to the MTS or NCTD bus driver as you board. When riding the MTS trolley or NCTD Sprinter, be prepared to present your U-Pass to officials upon request.
  • Students also need a U-Pass sticker to ride the CityShuttle.
  • 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.
  • If you lose your student ID, you must get a replacement ID card from Student Business Services and a replacement U-Pass sticker from the Campus Parking Office located in the Gilman Parking Structure.
  • 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

Public Transit


U-Pass resulted from the UC San Diego student fee referendum in spring 2014. Get details.