Riders on MTS buses must wear face coverings.
Riders on MTS buses must wear face coverings. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District have begun offering free transit rides for people needing to get to their COVID-19 vaccine appointments, the agencies said Thursday.

This includes Super Vaccination stations, hospitals and other community immunization locations. The free rides began Thursday.

“As the county continues to ramp up vaccination efforts, we want to ensure San Diego residents have every opportunity to get to their appointment,” said county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, MTS board chair. “Our goal is to make sure our region is able to overcome this crisis and do all we can for the health and safety of residents. Offering free rides on transit is a crucial component in that effort.”

Encinitas Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz, NCTD board chair, added: “The COVID-19 vaccinations are so important for our region to move forward from this pandemic. If NCTD and MTS can help by getting more people to their vaccination center, then that’s a win for the entire county and another step toward recovery.” 

MTS has created a transit trip planner with vaccine sites to help residents get to their appointments. Rides will be free to and from vaccination sites on MTS buses and Trolleys throughout each service day, seven days per week. Riders will only need to show a confirmation email of their vaccine appointment that day.  This can be printout or on a smartphone.

MTS Access Paratransit subscription passengers must book ahead of time to/from trips in the normal way. Access will offer free trips to drop-off locations only.

Vaccination Centers:

The County of San Diego is operating several immunization centers, and recently opened two Super Vaccination sites.

UC San Diego Health – Petco Park Super Station is downtown across from the 12th and Imperial MTS Transit Center, and is accessible by all trolley lines.

 — Sharp Healthcare – South Bay Super Station is at the Sears in Chula Vista. This vaccination center is accessible by the UC San Diego Blue Line, with a five-minute bus ride to the location.

To find other vaccination centers, eligibility and appointments, visit the County of San Diego website. For those who wish to be notified when they become eligible for the vaccine and schedule their appointment, may sign up on state’s website My Turn.

MTS Access Paratransit subscription passengers must book ahead of time to/from trips in the normal way. Access will offer free trips to drop-off locations only.