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Triton U-Pass

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 fall, winter and spring academic quarters.

Triton U-Pass is NOT valid for use with these services:

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

Eligibility

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

Learn how to use U-Pass: U-Pass Tutorial Video.

U-Pass on the PRONTO App

  • Pass Program. UC San Diego currently enrolled students are uploaded to the PRONTO portal. Each student is required to create their PRONTO account and link to the U-Pass program.
    • Under the “Manage” tab, select “Student and Employee Programs.:
    • Select “UCSD U-Pass.”
    • You should receive a “Link Successful” message. If you receive a “Link Unsuccessful” message, you will need to verify that your email address matches what UC San has on file by sending an email to iride@ucsd.edu with the header “PRONTO Help.”
    • Once you successfully link, the option to link will disappear.
  • Add your U-Pass on the date it become available.
    • Under the “Manage” tab, select “Add Passes.”
    • Select “MTS.”
    • The appropriate U-Pass product will appear.
    • Select “Add to Cart.”
    • Select “Checkout” (no payment information needed for $0 product).
  • When to access your U-Pass:
    • Fall 2021 U-Pass will be available in-app for use on Sept. 16, 2021.
    • Winter 2022 will be available in-app for use on Dec. 27, 2021
    • Spring 2022 available in-app for use on March 17, 2022

Newly enrolled fee-paying students become eligible for a quarterly U-Pass; it may take two business days for enrollment status to be update in the system.

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

U-Pass on the PRONTO Card

PRONTO cards are available for students who do not have access to use the PRONTO U-Pass app with a smartphone. You are not allowed to have both PRONTO app pass and physical PRONTO card active at the same time; you must choose one fare media.

If you are unable to use the PRONTO mobile app, you can make an appointment to get a PRONTO card from Campus Curbside and use one of our mobile devices to create your PRONTO mobile account and link your physical PRONTO card. You will need access to your @ucsd.edu email at the time of account creation to complete this process.

Summer Pass

Since the U-Pass fee referendum didn’t cover summer session, U-Pass isn’t available. To help keep students mobile during the summer, Transportation Services sells a discounted Summer Pass, available to undergraduate and graduate students continuing from Spring Quarter 2022 to Fall Quarter 2022 and students who are enrolled in Summer Session classes. Summer pass:

  • Allows unlimited access to regional MTS and NCTD bus and rail routes, including the Trolley, Sprinter and Rapid routes
  • Can be purchased online only
  • Costs $67.52 and is not transferable or refundable
  • Is valid through Sept. 20, 2022