Haul Pass

Transportation is often a barrier for Coachella Valley residents seeking education, which is why SunLine Transit Agency developed the Haul Pass program. This program provides free transportation to and from school as well as anywhere students need to go using public transit while enrolled in qualified college and high school institutions in the region.

High School Haul Pass

SunLine provides access to fare free local rides to Coachella Valley high school students in grades 9 -12 through the Agency’s Haul Pass program.

As a reminder, Customer Service will not be processing new applications for high school students during the summer break (June 1, 2024 - August 1, 2024). However, service will not be interrupted for those students that are already enrolled. 

Please contact Customer Service at 760-343-3451 if you have any questions.


Participating College Institutions


If you are a new student, or need a replacement I.D., please click here.

To be eligible for the Haul Pass program, students must be enrolled at 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. CSUSB students can also use their I.D. on the 10 Commuter Link.

College of the Desert 

As of June 3, 2024, College of the Desert student IDs can no longer be swiped through the SunBus card reader on the fare box, as we are switching to the Token Transit application. To be eligible for the Haul Pass program, students must be enrolled at College of the Desert and must download the Token Transit application by following the instructions provided below: 

Steps on how-to download the Token Transit app and how to use it

  1. Use your mobile device to go to the COD Haul Pass Program website
  2. Enter your College of the Desert student email to get access to College Haul Passes fares 
  3. Check your COD email and click the link to unlock access to the daily College Haul Pass
  4. On the Token Transit app, select “Buy Pass”
  5. Search and select College of the Desert Summer/Fall 2024 in the Token Transit app
  6. Select College Haul Pass Day and click Buy Now (the fare will show as $0.00)
  7. Before boarding the bus select Start My Trip 
  8. Show the bus operator your ticket

Should students require assistance, they can contact customer service, email osl@collegeofthedesert.edu or call 760.862.1317

SunLine can assist with trip planning with a free group training or one-on-one travel training for anyone who is new to transit or needs assistance. To schedule a travel training, click here.

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



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What is Haul Pass and who is it for?

The Haul Pass Program is designed to enable consistent and reliable transportation access. As such, this program offers fare-free rides to youth in the Coachella Valley.

When did the program expand to include high school?

The program is now accepting applications for high school students providing fare-free rides on our local bus routes. Accepted applications will allow for rides beginning on August 1, 2023.

My child does not have a smartphone and in high school do they still get free rides?

Yes, please contact customer service so we can provide a physical pass to take advantage of fare-free rides. Customer Service is available Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please call 760-343-3451.

What happens if I lose my paper High School Haul pass?

Participation in the High School Haul Pass program provides one paper pass per applicant. Please make sure to keep your paper pass in a secure location such as a wallet, lanyard or any other reliable storage option. 

What is the timeline for High School Haul Pass approval after submitting an application??

Upon completion of your High School Haul Pass application, Token Transit users will receive a text message with instructions. Those who opt for a paper pass will receive it in the mail within two weeks.