SAN DIEGO – Starting Sunday, San Diego residents aged 18 and under were able to begin riding public transit in the community for free.

Announced in early April, the Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is a collaboration between the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, and Metropolitan Transit System, North County Transit District and the San Diego County government that aims to “help create a more equitable region by ensuring that safe, health and accessible opportunities are available to everyone.”

The program went into effect Sunday and will be available through June 2023.

“The Youth Opportunity Pass program is the first of its kind in the San Diego region,” officials stated in a press release in April.

Along with the free PRONTO cards, the organizations say that additional transit routes and times will be introduced later this year.

To find a location to pick up a free Pronto card or to read more on the Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program, click or tap here.