San Diego MTS Reports Increased Transit Ridership

In the first three months of Fiscal Year 2020, which began on July 1, 2019, San Diego County’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has seen ridership on its Trolley and bus network climb by nearly 1 million extra passenger trips.

“This is great news for the region, for transit and for our environment,” said MTS Board Chair and San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “Transit is part of a better connected future for San Diego and we need to continue the momentum. People want more transportation options and our efforts to re-build and re-imagine an accessible transit system are working.”

Ridership on rail has increased by 621,063 passenger trips in the first quarter, with Trolley ridership 9.1 percent higher in September 2019 compared to September 2018, the largest ridership increase month-over-month since October 2014. Trolley ridership has also logged six straight months of year-over-year gains, and ridership has improved in 11 of the past 13 months compared to the same months last year.

“These ridership gains are highly encouraging,” stated Paul Jablonski, MTS CEO. “We’ve done many things internally with our operations to turn it around, such as streamlining service and adding to the frequency of key bus routes.”

MTS had conducted a large ridership campaign last year and held its first Free Ride Day that saw a 17 percent increase in ridership from the same day a year before. MTS held its second annual Free Ride Day on October 2, 2019, with ridership up 30 percent. 

MTS operates three Trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway.