December 5, 2023
UC San Diego college students board a Blue Line trolley on the UC San Diego station. Photograph by Chris Jennewein

Folks throughout San Diego County can rejoice California Clear Air Day by taking transit on Wednesday, with all buses, trolleys and Coaster and Sprinter trains free to journey all day.

The occasion is the area’s sixth version of Free Journey Day, and the Metropolitan Transit System, North County Transit District and SANDAG have partnered to offer the free transportation.

“Conserving our planet is a precedence for all of us. Initiatives like Free Journey Day present a possibility for residents to cut back carbon emissions and promote sustainability by using clear transportation choices,” mentioned Stephen Whitburn, MTS board chair and San Diego metropolis councilman.

“And with record-high gasoline costs, taking transit not solely helps the setting, it will possibly assist your pockets too,” he mentioned.

MTS had created a price calculator to assist riders decide how a lot they may save by taking public transit.

The transit company will maintain pop-up outreach occasions at main transit facilities within the morning from 6 a.m. to eight a.m. and the afternoon from 4 p.m. to six p.m. to thank riders for selecting transit. Riders can cease by for transit data and promotional objects and enter to win a Free Journey Day giveaway

“We stay in a state with a number of the worst air air pollution within the nation. Take a break from visitors and air pollution — as a substitute, take motion and expertise a day of emissions-free journey on a bus or prepare without cost,” mentioned NCTD Board Member and Vista Councilwoman Corinna Contreras.

“Driving the COASTER or SPRINTER prepare, or BREEZE bus decreases greenhouse gasoline emissions and reduces air pollution within the San Diego area. A profit for us all,” she mentioned.

For extra data on Clear Air Day and for reductions with different transportation suppliers, go to

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.