Learn more about Youth Opportunity Passes
Youth Opportunity Passes (YOP) are no-cost transit passes for youth 24 and under.
Programs like Youth Opportunity Passes already exist with great success, in Alameda County and San Francisco. Recently Sacramento and LA passed a no-cost pass for students. Check out these articles: Sacramento and Los Angeles
In 2013, with major support from the San Diego Unified School District and contributions from the city and county of San Diego, our Improving Transportation in City Heights team won its campaign for a Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program. The pilot program served 850 high school students who put the passes to great use, participating in extracurricular activities, securing internships, and finding employment. The High schools that received the passes were Hoover High School, Crawford High School, Lincoln High School, and San Diego High School. It was clear by the time the pilot program ended. Youth Opportunity Passes are an incredible investment in our future.
Next steps for YOP:
MTS, our transit system is considering a 2020 measure to fund transit projects. Currently, we are looking at the MTS proposed ballot measure for 2020 to secure long term funding for YOP. Read more about the Elevate SD 2020 plan here. We are in a critical time to shape this measure to prioritize young people and our environment.
MTS hosted various community forums around San Diego to understand San Diegan's top priorities for transit investments (Read reporting here). People who attended the forums across San Diego prioritized no-cost transit passes for youth. A record number of community members participated in the July City Heights forum and overwhelming supported for no-cost transit passes for youth. Check out the report here.
This measure is our chance to return revenue back to working families, support our region's economic prosperity, and invest in a cleaner, healthier San Diego.