FAQs

What are the Rapid hours of operation?
SuperLoop Rapid 201/202 and 204 operate every day from 5:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mid-City Rapid 215 operates every day from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning.

Rapid 235 operates all day, every day, between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Rapid 237 operates Monday through Friday, during rush hour periods from 5:30 - 10:30 a.m. and from 2 - 8 p.m.

How often does Rapid run?

SuperLoop Rapid routes 201/202 every 10 minutes during peak commute hours and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours and weekends.

SuperLoop Rapid route 204 operates every 15 minutes.

Rapid 215 operates every 10 minutes during weekday rush hours, and every 15 minutes during non-rush hours and on weekends.

Rapid 235 operates every 15 minutes during weekday peak hours (from 6 - 9 a.m. and from 3 - 7 p.m.); and every 30 minutes in off-peak hours and on weekends.

Rapid 237 operates every 15 minutes between Miramar College and UC San Diego, and every 30 minutes between Rancho Bernardo and UC San Diego during weekday rush hours (from 5:30 - 10:30 a.m. and from 2 - 8 p.m.)

How much does it cost to ride Rapid?
Rapid 235 and 237: $2.50 for a one-way fare ($1.25 Senior/Disabled/Medicare with proper I.D.)

Rapid 215 and SuperLoop Rapid: $2.25 for a one-way fare ($1.10 Senior/Disabled/Medicare with proper I.D.)

Rapid 215, 235, and 237 passes on Compass Card:

  • 1-Day Regional Pass: $5 ($7 without a Compass Card)
  • 30-DayDay and Monthly Regional Pass: $72 for adults; $36 for youth; and $18 for Seniors (60+)/Disabled/Medicare (with proper I.D.)

Rapid Express 280 and 290:

  • One-way fare: $5
  • 1-Day RegionPlus Pass: $12
  • 30-Day and Monthly Pass on Compass Card: $100 for adults; $50 for youth (with Proper I.D.); and $25 for Seniors (60+)/Disabled/Medicare (with proper I.D.)

What if I want to take trip Downtown at night or on the weekend (Padres, Comic-Con, etc.)?
Rapid 235 service runs along the I-15 corridor from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day to accommodate leisure trips. Starting October 12th, if you wish to travel from SDSU, City Heights, North Park, or Hillcrest to Downtown or back, Rapid 215 runs every day from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Can I load money to my Compass Card to pay for my Rapid fare?
Stored value is not yet available on Compass Card.

Where can I get a Compass Card? How can I load a pass to my Compass Card?
You have several options to add a new pass or fare to your Compass Card. Both full-fare and discounted passes can be reloaded once you have a Compass Card. Your Compass Card can be purchased for $2 and reloaded at all Albertsons locations in San Diego County; ticket vending machines; the MTS Transit Store; NCTD Transit Centers in Oceanside, Vista, and Escondido; and select community locations. Compass Cards also may be reloaded online at 511sd.com/Compass or by phone: call 511 and saying “Compass.” Online and phone reloads may take up to three business days to be activated. A Regional 1-Day Pass ($5) can be reloaded to your Compass Card on Rapid vehicles. Rapid vehicles do not have the equipment to issue Compass Cards. If you do not have a Compass Card, a total of $7 will be charged for a paper Day Pass purchased aboard Rapid.

Are Rapid maps and schedules available?
Yes. You may view (and download) Rapid maps and schedules under the Maps and Schedules section of this website. Printed timetables are also available at The Transit Store and on board Rapid vehicles.

Why isn’t there a Trolley line along the I-15 or El Cajon Blvd. corridors?
A Trolley line along the I-15 corridor was evaluated in the 1990s. To provide a range of travel choices for commuters, the decision was made to pursue an Express Lanes/Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) concept that would offer priority access for transit, carpools and vanpools, and the FasTrak program. Future conversion of Rapid 215 to a Trolley line is an option being evaluated in the Regional Transportation Plan. Rapid has many of the same features as a Trolley line: high frequency service, limited stations, high-capacity vehicles, upgraded stations, and Park & Ride lots at several stations.

What passenger amenities does Rapid offer?
In addition to providing faster and more frequent service, Rapid includes new buses with improvements designed to make the ride more comfortable, accessible, and convenient for passengers. Rapid vehicles were designed to streamline and accelerate the boarding process and feature multiple doors, low-floor designs and larger windows.

I’m starting my trip from North County. How do I connect to Rapid?
Rapid 235 and Rapid Express 280 connect with the SPRINTER and local North County Transit District (NCTD) buses at the Escondido Transit Center. Use the Transit Trip Planner to plan your route. Please note that SPRINTER/BREEZE discounted and monthly passes cannot be used to transfer to any MTS route. For information on SPINTER/BREEZE/COASTER routes visit www.goNCTD.com.