SANDAG (Calif.) Youth Opportunity Pass hits milestone with 5 million rides

  • Date: 02/24/2023

The number of estimated unique youth riders taking transit at least once a month has tripled since April 2022, and more than 40,000 Youth PRONTO cards have been distributed in partnership with schools and community organizations across the county.

During Friday’s press conference, SANDAG and San Diego County Chairwoman Nora Vargas expressed the importance of making a commitment to funding the extension of the SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program indefinitely.

“The Youth Opportunity Pass is not just a free ride; it brings security and stability to the lives of students and youth and removes barriers so they can have access to education, work, and recreational activities that they would not have otherwise,” said Vargas. “Surpassing five million youth transit rides is a huge feat and proof of the success of this initiative. I will continue to advocate, and as I mentioned in the State of the County Address earlier this month, I’m fully committed to the expansion of this program to 24 and under.”

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