Supervisor Nathan Fletcher speaks at a rally for the free ride day. Courtesy MTS

The Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District are gearing up for Free Ride Day on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to promote use of transit throughout San Diego County.

Transit and political leaders held a rally at the Old Town Transit Center on Monday to promote the region’s second annual free day, which is being held in conjunction with California Clean Air Day.

“We’re on a journey to create a greener future,” said San Diego Major Kevin Faulconer, who urged San Diegans to take advantage of the one-day opportunity.

All buses, trolleys, and COASTER and SPRINTER trains will be free. The rideshare company Lyft and dockless scooter operator Bird are joining the effort with special promotions.

Last year, more than 53,000 trips were taken on the first-ever Free Ride Day, and transit promoters are hoping to exceed that number this year.

More information about the event is available online, along with a form to pledge your support of transit.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.