San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System or MTS is the public transit provider for Central, South, Northeast and Southeast San Diego County, California. It includes the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Poway & Santee.

Fares

Current

Facilities

Office

  • Address: 1255 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone:
    • Admin: 619-231-1466
    • Customer Service:
      • MTS Buses: 619-238-0100
      • San Diego Trolley: 619-595-4949
    • InfoExpress: 619-685-4900
    • Regional Transit Information: 619-233-3004

Bus Divisions

  • Imperial Avenue Division - 100 16th St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Kearny Mesa Division - 4630 Ruffner St., San Diego, CA 92111
  • South Bay Maintenance Facility - 3650A Main St., Chula Vista, CA 91911
  • East County Bus Maintenance Facility - 1213 N. Johnson Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Copley Park Maintenance Facility - 7490 Copley Park Pl., San Diego, CA 92111
  • Boulevard Parking Lot - 40945 Old Hwy 80, Boulevard, CA 91905 (Route 888 Parking lot only as drivers report to ECBMF)
  • Campo Parking Lot - (Route 894 only, Drivers report to ECBMF)
  • Borrego Parking lot - (Routes 891 and 892 only, Drivers report to ECBMF)

Light Rail Divisions

  • 1341 Commercial St., San Diego, CA 92113

Bus routes

See San Diego Metropolitan Transit System bus routes.

Light rail network

Lines

Map & Schedules

  • UC San Diego Blue - San Ysidro to Downtown San Diego
  • Sycuan Green - Santee to Downtown San Diego
  • Orange - Gillespie To Convention Center/Downtown San Diego
  • Silver (SDE&G) - Downtown Loop

Stations

List of stations

Bus fleet

Active

Division abbreviations: IAD = Imperial Avenue Division; KMD = Kearny Mesa Division; SBMF = South Bay Maintenance Facility; ECBMF = East County Bus Maintenance Facility; CPMF = Copley Park Maintenance Facility; Campo Lot = Caltrans Lot in Campo, CA for Rural Route 894; Boulevard Parking Lot = Caltrans Lot in Boulevard, CA for Rural Route 888.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Paint scheme Engine Transmission Division Notes
201-223 2015 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1400B KMD
301-350 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 320-a.jpg 2008 NFI C40LF Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6HP594C 301-313: IAD
314-350: KMD
  • 305 has a MTS promotional wrap promoting various destinations in San Diego.
  • 306 has a wrap promoting Route 992.
  • 338-350 is wrapped in MTS Rapid Livery.
401-407 2005 NFI C40LF Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
ZF 6HP592C KMD
  • 408-412 have since been sent off to East County division and renumbered to their respected South Bay numbering.
601-626 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 601-a.jpg 2011 NFI C40LFR Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6HP594C IAD
701-731 2012 NFI C40LFR Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6HP594C IAD
801-826 2013 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1400B IAD
901-912 2014 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1700B KMD
1001-1026 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1010-a.jpg 2008 NABI 60-BRT CNG Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
Allison B500R IAD
1101-1129 2013 NFI XN60 Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1700B KMD
  • Used for the Rapid BRT service.
  • Option of an additional 118.[1]
1201-1218 2013 NFI XN60 Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1700B IAD
  • Used for Rapid Route 215.
  • Option of an additional 118.[1]
1301-1313 2015 NFI XN60 Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1700B KMD Used on routes 7, 150, Superloop routes 201, and 202 and Rapid Route 235.
1401-1410 2017 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1400B IAD
1501-1506 2019 NFI XE40 Siemens ELFA2 XALT Energy IAD
2001-2014 2015 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1400B SBMF
2101-2136 2017 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport
ISL G NZ
ZF 6AP1400B SBMF
2301-2324 2013 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1400B SBMF & ECBMF
  • Some 2300's are now at ECBMF.
2401-2438 2014-2015 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1400B SBMF
2781-2787 2018 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
L9N
ZF 6AP1400B SBMF
  • Used on Route 992.
2801-2873 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 2818-a.jpg 2009 NFI C40LF Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6HP594C SBMF
2901-2922 2012 NFI C40LFR Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6HP594C SBMF
3001-3006 2014 Ford/
ElDorado National
F-550/
Aero Elite
Sdmts burst.png Ford
Triton 3V SEFI V10 6.8L
Ford 5R110W CPMF
  • 2013 models.
  • Used on Sorrento Valley Coaster Connection and limited service Minibus routes.
  • Liquid spring rear suspension for smooth ride.
  • 3003 is testing Orbital radio system.
3101-3131 2016 Ford/
ElDorado National
F-550/
Aero Elite
Sdmts burst.png Ford
Triton 3V SEFI V10 6.8L
Ford 5R110W CPMF
  • 31 new LPG mini buses to replace existing Chevrolet C5500 units.
  • Same chassis as 3001-3006 but with LPG instead of gasoline.
  • Clad grille instead of the the chrome grill as 3001-3006.
  • Liquid spring rear suspension like 3001-3006.
7201-7205 2008 NFI C40LF Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6HP594C SBMF
7301-7302 2009 NFI C40LF Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6HP594C SBMF
7401-7410 2017 NFI XN60 Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G NZ
ZF 6AP1700B SBMF
  • Exercised options.[2]
  • First artics for SBMF.
  • Replacing the ElDorado E-Z Rider and existing New Flyer C40LF units.
  • To be used on Routes 709 and 950.
7501-7517 2017-2018 NFI XN60 Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G NZ
ZF 6AP1700B SBMF
  • Second artics for SBMF.
  • To be used on Route 225
8201-8213 2015 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
ZF 6AP1400B ECBMF
  • First batch of Gillig CNG to replace the 2 remaining Phantoms and the 6000s.
  • Originally held at SBMF, then transferred to ECBMF.
8301-8338 2016 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
ISL G
8325: Cummins Westport
ISL G NZ
ZF 6AP1400B ECBMF
  • Second batch of Gillig CNG for East County to replace 8101-8333.
  • 8325 is being tested with an ISL G Near Zero engine.
  • Fleet breakdown might not be 100 percent accurate.
8351-8356 2019 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Sdmts burst.png Cummins Westport
L9N
ZF 6AP1420B ECBMF
  • Third batch of Gillig CNG for East County.
8501-8526 2007 Blue Bird Express 4500 Sdmts burst.png Cummins ISX (14.9L) Allison B500R ECBMF Re-wrapped in the Rapid Express livery, but a few remain in their original MTS livery.

On order

Fleet
Number(s)
Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Paint scheme Engine Transmission Division Notes
(17 buses) 2017 NFI XN60 Cummins Westport
ISL G NZ
ZF EcoLife SBMF To be deployed at SBMF for Rapid Route 225 (South Bay Rapid). [3]
(250 buses) 2018-2022 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
TBD TBD
  • New 5 year contract
  • Options for 100 buses.
  • Possibly Delayed
(30 buses) 2018-2020 NFI XN60 TBD TBD
  • New 5 year contract
  • Options for 20 buses.
  • To replace existing NABI BRT.
(24 buses) MCI D4500CT CNG TBD Cummins ISX-12N Allison B500
(11 buses) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
  • 11 New Zero Emission buses for Rapid Route 925 from Imperial Beach to Otay Mesa POE.

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
200 series 1999-2000 ElDorado National Transmark RE Cummins Allison
  • Known units: 201-202, 204, 208
  • Retired in 2008.
201-225 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 220-a.jpg
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 208-a.jpg
1989 Ikarus USA 416.01 Detroit Diesel 6V92TAC Allison HTB-748
  • Delivered in early 1990.
  • 208 was an Altoona test bus.
  • Retired in 2001-2002.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
301-332 5/1991 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Retired circa 2003-2004.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
501-510 (1st) 1/1984 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
  • 1983 models
  • Suburban configuration
  • Some of the first Phantoms to feature the 3rd revision of the Gillig Phantom rear end.
  • Many units were used as part of the Salt Lake County Olympic Spectator Transportation System during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. They retired afterward.
  • Retired in 2001-2002.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
511-542 12/1983 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
  • Some of the first Phantoms to feature the 3rd revision of the Gillig Phantom rear end.
  • Many units were used as part of the Salt Lake County Olympic Spectator Transportation System during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. They retired afterward.
  • Retired in 2001-2002.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
543-545 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 544-a.jpg
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 544-b.jpg
1984 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40TB1026V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
501-512 (2nd) San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 508-a.jpg 2009 NFI GE35LFR Ford
Triton V10 6.8L
ISE
Thundervolt TB40-HG
  • Formerly used for the Rapid BRT service (UC San Diego, etc.)
  • All retired by 1/2/2018
  • IAD Division
801-825 1975 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8 817 & 822 remained on MTS property as late as 2005 for police usage.
901-965 1981 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 8V71N's.
  • Half the fleet was retired in 1997; most units were sold to various Canadian cities.
1001-1045 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1030-a.jpg
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1001-b.jpg
1978 MAN-AMG SG-220-18-2A MAN D2566 MLUM Renk-Doromat 874A
  • Retired in 1993.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
1101-1150 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1113-a.jpg 1993 NFI D60 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR
Allison HTB-748
  • Most units were rehabbed & repowered with Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR engines, but few units (notably 1101, 1102 & 1105) kept their Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engines.
  • Retired in 2008-2009.
  • 5 known units (all rehabs) were bought by Transit Sales International. However, they were used for parts and scrapped by 2018.
1201-1260 11/1991 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Retired in 2004-2008.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
1261-1280 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1276-a.jpg 11/1991 Gillig Phantom Suburban 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • 1264 was repowered with a Detroit Diesel Series 50 engine.
  • Retired in 2008.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
1301-1304 1994 NFI C40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50G ZF 4HP590
  • First C40LF's built by New Flyer.
  • 1 known unit was bought by Zacher's Auto Salvage in Harbor City, CA.[4]
1401-1429 1995 NFI C40 Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R Retired in 2011.
1501-1527 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1516-a.jpg 1997 NFI C40LF 1501-1526:
Detroit Diesel Series 50G
1527:
Cummins Westport B Gas Plus
Allison B400R 1527 was converted into an ISE Natural Gas-Electric Hybrid bus.
1601-1631 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1617-a.jpg 2000 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Allison B400R
  • Retired in 2013.
  • 1615 was bought by (or donated to) Miramar College in San Diego for their diesel tech program.[5][6] It is still in operable condition as of December 2017.[7]
  • 1605, 1610, 1613, 1614, 1618, 1621 & 1626 were bought by an unknown 3rd party/reseller. They were sold to Tourcoach, converted into single door suburbans and became T188-T194.
1801-1873 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1838-a.jpg 2001 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Allison B400R Retired in 2014-2016.
1901-1913 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1902-a.jpg 2001 NFI D60LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B500R Retired in 2015-2016.
2001-2051 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 2027-a.jpg 1995 NFI C40 Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
  • Retired in 2011.
  • Many units were bought by Transit Sales International/Complete Coach Works.
2070-2080s series 1997 ElDorado National Transmark RE Cummins Allison
  • Retired sometime in the late 2000s
  • Known units: 2072, 2076, 2082, 2084, 2086
2101-2117 1995 NFI C40 Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
2201-2210 2000 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Allison B400R
2501-2514 2000 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Allison B400R
2601-2614 2001-2002 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Allison B400R 2001 models.
2701-2706 2005 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
ZF 6HP592C
2707-2740 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 421-a.jpg 2005 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
ZF 6HP592C
  • Ex 414-441, 413, 412, 411, 410, 409, 408.
  • 2725 no longer in service due to engine fire and sold to Transdev.
  • In the process of being retired.
  • Some are still in service at East County division.
2771-2777 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 2775-a.jpg 2007 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX CNG Cummins Westport
B Gas Plus
Allison B300R
3400-3425 2008 Chevrolet/
ElDorado National
C5500/
Aero Elite
Chevrolet V8 8.1L Allison 2200
3451 2008 Chevrolet/
Goshen
C5500/
Sentinel
Chevrolet V8 8.1L Allison 2200
3452-3453 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 3453-a.jpg 2008 Chevrolet/
ElDorado National
C5500/
Aero Elite
Chevrolet V8 8.1L Allison 2200
  • To be replaced with the 31 LPG mini buses.
  • One unit is used by JPL shuttle (#320) for Caltech shuttle service.
3501-3505 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 3501-a.jpg 2009 Chevrolet/
ElDorado National
C5500/
Aero Elite
Chevrolet V8 8.1L Allison 2200
  • 3501 and 3502 have been retired from CPMF and replaced with the 31 LPG mini buses (3101-3131).
  • 3503 and 3505 are being used for Rural routes 891 and 892.
  • 3504 is being used for Rural Route 888.
  • 3503-3505 to be replaced at a later date with new gasoline powered cutaways for Rural service.
6001-6016 2001 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R 6007, 6008 & 6011 were sold to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 720, 719 & 772.
7001-7015 2000 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Allison B400R
7016-7025 2001 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Allison B400R
7101-7106 2005 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II CNG Cummins Westport
B Gas Plus
Allison B300R
  • Operated by Chula Vista Transit
  • Retired in 2017.
8030-8035 1993 Gillig Phantom 35'
(35102TBS50)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 ZF 4HP590
  • Ex 035-040.
  • 8030 was converted into a party bus and was listed on ebay in Los Angeles, CA throughout 2015.[8][9][10]
  • 8031-8035 were bought by Transit Sales International; spotted circa 2011-2013.[11][12]
8036-8041 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 8039-a.jpg 1995 Gillig Phantom 35'
(35102TBS50)
Detroit Diesel
Series 50
Allison B400R Ex 041-046.
8050s series 1996-1997 ElDorado National Transmark RE Cummins Allison Known units: 8055, 8057-8058
8101-8133 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 8106-a.jpg 2001 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R
  • 2 unknown units for Route 894 (Final in operation)
  • Retired by 5/4/2018
  • Campo Lot will operate the D40LFs until 2018 at the earliest unless MTS decides to replace them with something else.
  • 8101, 8108, 8130 and 8132 were sold to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 766, 773, 765 and 718.
  • ECBMF and Campo Lot
8200s series 2001 ElDorado National Transmark RE Cummins Allison Known units: 8204

Buses Acquired from the San Diego Transit System

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
201-230 11-12/1959 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
  • 216 and several unknown units purchased by Pierce Transit via a sale through Dickenson Lines.
231-260 9/1960 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
301-350 12/1967-02/1968 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VS2-6 345 was eventually bought by a private owner for an RV conversion. It was listed on Craigslist in Elk Grove, CA on 11/4/2018.[13]
401-440 1/1972 GMC T6H-5307A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VS2-6
501-510 9/1956 GMC TDH-4801 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
511-530 8/1957 GMC TDH-4801 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
531-550 4/1958 GMC TDH-4801 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
601-650 12/1967 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VS2-6 638 preserved by MTS.[14]
701-725 1974 Flxible 53102-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
  • 713 retired early and bought by a school in North San Diego. The school retired it in running condition in the early 90s.
  • High back seats with a single door. Retrofitted in the mid 80s with rear doors from retired SCRTD Flxible New Looks.

Light rail fleet

San Diego Trolley, Incorporated (SDTI) is the operator of the LRT and is a subsidiary of San Diego MTS.

Active roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
2001-2050 1993-96 Siemens SD100
  • Currently being retired.
2051-2052 1998 Siemens SD100
  • Currently being retired.
3001-3011 2004-05 Siemens S70
4001-4065 2011-13 Siemens S70
  • For replacement of the U2 fleet.
  • 4064 holds the world record for longest distance (13 mi) using a battery backup pack.
5001-5045 2019 Siemens S700
  • For replacement of the SD100 fleet.
Silver Line exclusive Heritage Vehicles
529-530 1946 St. Louis PCC
  • Used exclusively on SDE&G Silver Line-Downtown Loop
  • Ex-?
  • Historical vehicles.
1001 1978 Siemens-Duwag U2
  • Historical vehicle.

Retired Roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
1001-1014 1978 Siemens-Duwag U2
  • 1001 kept as a historical vehicle.
1015-1024 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 1016-a.jpg 1982 Siemens-Duwag U2
1025-1030 1986 Siemens-Duwag U2
1031-1050 1989 Siemens-Duwag U2
  • Some units sold to Metrotranvia Mendoza.
1051-1071 1990 Siemens-Duwag U2

MTS Access (paratransit)

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Make Model Paint scheme Engine Transmission Notes
3201-3270 2006 Ford/ElDorado National E450/Aerotech 220 Ford Triton V10 6.8L gasoline
3301-3350 2008 Ford/Starcraft E450/Allstar Ford Triton V10 6.8L gasoline

References

External links