Haul Pass

SunLine Transit Agency’s Haul Pass Program launched August 2018 at participating colleges and universities.

Transportation is often a barrier for Coachella Valley residents seeking education and employment opportunities. As such, SunLine Transit Agency recognizes that transportation options and economic burdens play a significant role in a student’s ability to successfully enroll and obtain a college degree. With the help of a recently obtained grant from California’s Low Carbon Transit Operations Program, SunLine is hoping to improve students’ access to the valley’s colleges and universities.

The Haul Pass, a three-year program, will provide college students an expanded mobility option by allowing them to have free unlimited access to the public transit network. SunLine hopes to see an increase in its ridership numbers, thereby helping local colleges and universities reduce their carbon footprint.

College of the Desert was the first school to become a partner, joining in August 2018. California State University, San Bernardino – Palm Desert Campus joined the program in September 2019.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled at College of the Desert or California State University San Bernardino – Palm Desert Campus. Students will use their active student ID card by swiping them through the SunBus card reader on the fare box. Should they require assistance, bus operators can help. It's as easy as SWIPE & RIDE.



In addition to transportation to and from school, the Haul Pass program allows students to use their active student ID cards to make unlimited local fixed route transit trips, including transfers, any day of the week on the SunBus. The Haul Pass program excludes SunDial paratransit service and 10 Commuter Link.

SunLine can assist with trip planning over the phone, online or in person with free group training and one-on-one travel training for anyone who is new to transit or needs assistance.

Colleges and universities that are interested in offering this program at their school are encouraged to contact SunLine.



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