Transit Fare Structure
SANDAG oversees the Comprehensive Fare Ordinance which provides the regional framework for transit fares implemented by the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD). Public input is vital to making updates to regional fares, so SANDAG hosts public hearings whenever fare changes are considered. For any fare changes to be implemented, including fare increases or changes in fare types, the SANDAG Transportation Committee must approve the changes and amend the Comprehensive Fare Ordinance. The most recent fare changes were implemented in 2021, providing for a new regional fare system branded as PRONTO, a reduction of one-way fares for youth, and free transfers with a one-way fare for riders using the PRONTO system (except on the COASTER) within a two-hour window of their first ride.