New app eases MTS ticket purchases

Caleb Danielson

Those who rely on San Diego’s public transit now have a new way to buy tickets and passes.

On March 30, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System introduced a new mobile ticketing app, Compass Cloud.

The new smartphone app, Compass Cloud, replaces the old app, mTicket. Both day-passes and monthly-passes can be purchased on the app. In addition, multiple passes can be purchased to be used either at a later date or to share between multiple riders.

Reduced fare passes for youth, senior, disabled, or medicare-recipient riders will be available this Fall, according to MTS. For now, only full-price adult tickets are available through Compass Cloud.

Compass Cloud is valid on the bus, trolley, Coaster and Sprinter.

Riders who would rather continue using the physical Compass Card will soon be able to take advantage of a new feature, Compass Cash, which will allow them to store money on their card to spend as they go on fares or passes.

MTS announced in its Spring newsletter that Compass Cards will soon be able to be loaded with Compass Cash at any ticketing machine or online at  The newsletter advises that once available, Compass Cash should be added at least three days in advance when using the online service.

MTS has been working on a stored-value system since 2013. It has faced several delays in the roll-out of this feature.