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ECO Pass for Faculty and Staff

ECO Pass provides faculty and staff unlimited access to all regional MTS and NCTD mass transit bus and trolley/light rail routes at a 25% discount. 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

Free Spring Trial

Transportation Services is extending the incentive ECO Pass through Spring Quarter for faculty and staff new transit commuters who work at the La Jolla Campus or La Jolla Medical Center. Sign up and receive a complimentary Spring Quarter ECO Pass and discounted ECO Passes for Summer Quarter valid through Sept. 30, 2019.

To reserve your space in this free ECO Pass trial, please submit the form below. A Commute Solutions staff member will contact you with additional information. 


  • Supply is limited.
  • If you purchased an annual permit that will expire June 30, 2019, you must complete the Parking Permit Cancellation/Refund Form and return it with your parking permit to the sales desk at the campus parking office before you are eligible for the ECO Pass promotion. Refunds are prorated based on the parking sales refund practice.
  • Special exceptions may also allow return of quarterly or limited parking permits to the parking office to establish ECO Pass promotion eligibility.

How to Enroll

ECO Pass is a 30-day recurring regional transit pass (MTS/NCTD) that uses a MTS Compass Card.  To enroll in the ECO Pass program, faculty and staff must:

  • Sign up for payroll deduction by completing the Transit Pass Payroll Authorization/Cancellation Form (PDF). The $54 per month payroll deduction purchase of a transit pass also qualifies as a pre-tax payment. One payroll deduction enrollment per person per fiscal year is allowed.
  • Submit the completed form in person at the campus parking office. You will also need :
    • Your UCSD photo ID
    • Two months advanced payment using cash/check/credit card (to cover pass costs until payroll deduction begins). Note: No refunds are issued for 30-Day or 60-Day passes and advanced purchases loaded over the counter.
    • Eligible campus employees may also purchase a 30-Day ECO Pass Compass Card and reloads with cash, check or credit card at the Commute Solutions desk in the campus parking office.

Note: Eligible employees age 60+ may sign up at the $18 per month senior rate instead of enrolling in ECO Pass. Bring your government-issued photo ID card with proof of birth date and UC San Diego photo ID card to sign up at the Parking Office. Disabled employees may also qualify for the $18 discount rate which requires completion of the MTS application.

Seniors must provide a state-issued driver’s license, government-issued photo identification card, or an Senior/Disabled/Medicare Compass Card with integral photo identification when purchasing a Senior Pass, or boarding a transit vehicle with a Senior Pass.

Transportation Services:

  • Does not qualify or issue Compass Cards for Persons with Disabilities or Medicare (see MTS Senior/Disabled/Medicare Discounted Fares)
  • Is authorized to sell and add Senior/Disabled/Medicare fares to Compass Cards of eligible persons qualified as UCSD eligible affiliates.

Using ECO Pass

  • The UC San Diego ECO Pass is an MTS Compass Card.
  • Activate by tapping your card on a fare validator; MTS recommends that users tap at least once by the 14th of the usage month. Learn more about Compass Card and how it works.
  • Once you sign up for payroll deduction, your ECO Pass renews automatically and confirms your fare when you tap it on the fare validator. Note: MTS pass renewal is based on a 30-day cycle and up to 5 days of fares each year may not be covered by your ECO Pass. You should be prepared to pay your fare in cash at your expense if this situation occurs.
  • UC San Diego issued ECO Pass Compass Cards are not transferable. No refunds.
  • To cancel ECO Pass and automatic payroll deduction, you must submit a new Transit Pass Payroll Authorization/Cancellation Form (PDF) by the 15th of the month before the change is to be effective to ensure adequate time to cancel payroll deductions.
  • All Compass Cards have a physical expiration date. You are responsible for ensuring that your Compass Card is active. Most cards are valid for 5-10 years. If your Compass Card expires, it cannot access the electronically updated monthly fare. You can find your Compass Card expiration date by:
    • Checking the “REPLACE CARD BY” date that appears on the back of your card in the upper right corner
    • Visiting the Compass Card website and entering your card’s 16-digit serial number that appears above the black bar in the lower right corner
    • Calling the Compass Service Center, (619) 595-5636
    • Note: If your Compass Card expires within the next 6 months and you want to avoid potential service disruption, you can visit Commute Solutions in the Gilman Parking Structure Office to get a free replacement card.
  •  Report problems with your Compass Card immediately to MTS. 
    • Call (619) 557-4555, weekdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; during non-business hours, leave a recorded message.
    • You can also complete the MTS Contact Form.

Compass Card Replacement

  • Report lost or stolen ECO Passes immediately to Commute Solutions, (858) 534-7433.
  • A $15 replacement fee and new Compass Card may take up to one week. The user is responsible for fare payment until MTs processes your replacement.


Contact Commute Solutions.