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San Diego MTS services are free to ride today

MTS services are free to ride on Oct. 2.
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You might get a pleasant surprise If you get on a bus or trolley throughout San Diego today. 

In honor of the San Diego Association of Governments' support of National Rideshare Week, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District services will be free today, Oct. 2. 

"We are hosting Free Ride Day to encourage San Diego residents to shake up their routine and choose transit," said MTS CEO Paul Jablonski at a kickoff event in Chula Vista. "San Diego has a growing and thriving network of transportation options. Free Ride Day is designed to provide everyone an easy way to leave their cars at home and discover the advantages of taking transit."

According to ABC 10 News, SANDAG announced that they would be partnering with Uber and Lyft to offer discounts to ride-sharers traveling to MTS travel stops. Crowdsourcing service Waze Carpool has also partnered with SANDAG to offer free rides throughout the week.

MTS is one of the oldest systems in the state and later this year will add new Seiman trolleys to the rail lines. The S70 light rail vehicles (LRVs) will have better access for wheelchairs, improved passenger flow and will be upholstered in vinyl rather than fabric.