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CSUSM Compass Card

CSUSM Parking and Commuter Services offers the campus community discounted transit passes for local public transportation services. Discounted transit passes are only sold at Parking and Commuter Services office to faculty/staff (Regional pass ONLY) and students with validated CSUSM ID's.  Passes are only valid for the calendar month for which it is purchased for. Passes go on sale the 25th of the previous month to the 15th of the current month you would like to use the pass. For example, October passes are on sale from September 25th to October 15th but only valid from October 1st to October 31st.

CSUSM ID's can be validated at the Media Library on the 2nd floor of Kellogg Library.

Transit Pass Options

$40 NCTD transit passes are sold ONLY to students, passes are only valid on the NCTD SPRINTER light-rail train and BREEZE buses.   NCTD only serves North County San Diego including Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, and Oceanside.

$65 Regional Transit Passes are sold to students and faculty/staff.  Transit passes are valid on the MTS Trolley, MTS Bus/Express, MTS Rapid (excludes Rapid Express 280 and 290), NCTD SPRINTER, and NCTD BREEZE.

CSUSM Compass Card Transit Pass Options


NCTD Adult Sprinter/Breeze Pass

MTS Adult Regional Monthly Pass
Cost: $40.00 $65.00
Available to: Students ONLY Students, Faculty, Staff
Valid on:
  • MTS Trolley
  • MTS Bus/Express
  • MTS Rapid (excludes Rapid Express 280 and 290)
  • NOT VALID on Coaster

Compass Card Registration

It is highly recommended that students register their compass cards with the Metropolitan Transit system (MTS) to aid in recovery if it is ever lost or stolen.  Compass cards can be registered one of two ways:

  1. By phone - Call 511 and say "Compass"
  2. By form - Forms are available at the MTS Transit Store and NCTD Customer Service Centers, or can be downloaded from  Then fax, email, or mail the completed form to MTS.