San Diego MTS Reports Increased Transit Ridership

In the first six 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 gain nearly 1.2 million passenger trips. The Trolley, which posted eight straight months of year-over-year gains from April to November last year, had a nine percent increase in September.

“More and more San Diegans are using transit as an alternative to driving,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair and San Diego County Supervisor. “This has a direct effect on lessening traffic congestion, providing cleaner air and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. This momentum significantly helps our efforts moving MTS forward to provide a better connected, less congested, greener future.”

Trolley ridership increased by 753,435 passenger trips in the first two quarters of the fiscal year.

“The increase in the first three months was encouraging, but you always want to see that sustained in the second quarter,” remarked MTS CEO Paul Jablonski. “We’ve made that jump. Last month we increased service on the UC San Diego Blue Line due to high demand, and we will continue to do those types of things operationally to keep the momentum.”

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