Programs and Annual Events

Programs and Annual Events

Youth Summer Pass Program

Illustration of a hand holding a summer pass at a beachSun Metro has partnered with several non-profit organizations to provide qualifying youth with free transportation during the summer months in order to attend summer youth programs.

Sun Metro in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, YWCA, Fire Power 40, Kids eXcel, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Paso Del Norte Foundation and United Way provides free transportation to qualifying youths enrolled with any of the listed organizations for summer programs between June 1 and August 31.

Youth between the ages of 6 and 18 are eligible for the pass. Children under the age of 12 will receive a distinguished pass to allow for a companion, over the age of 12, to ride with the child free of charge. Children under the age of 5 always ride for free.

Interested participants must contact one of the non-profit organizations listed above in order to enroll in the summer programs before receiving a Sun Metro summer pass.

Veteran Pass Program

Illustration of a hand holding a summer pass at a beachSun Metro is partnering with social service agencies to provide free transportation to homeless veterans. Homeless veterans who are pursuing employment opportunities can receive up to 90 days of free transportation.

Sun Metro is also working with social service agencies to provide bus passes at a reduced fare for veterans, who need transportation options. Bus passes are normally $48 per month. Social services agencies may obtain bus passes for their customers who are veterans at a cost of $30 per month.

“These services are the fruition of Sun Metro working with the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee to provide transportation options for our veterans in need,” said City Representative Carl Robinson of District 4. “A lack of adequate transportation can be a huge obstacle anyone seeking employment. We need to continue to build partnerships to provide more transportation options for those men and women who have served our country with honor.”

Call 915.212.3333 for more information on this program.

Dump the Pump

Illustration of a gas pump in a dumpsterSponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the third Thursday in June is known as Dump the Pump Day. It is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money.

In 2012, gas prices reached $4 or more. Saving money is on everyone’s minds and public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. According to recent APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.

Each year Sun Metro works to promote Dump the Pump Day through different types of promotions that help spread the word about the many benefits of using public transit, including saving money!

Find out how much you can save by taking public transportation instead of driving by using this fuel savings calculator.

UTEP Game Service

Image of football player in Sun Metro helmet tackling another playerMiner football fans can avoid battling traffic or hunting for a parking space by riding Sun Metro to home games.

Sun Metro offers SIX Park and Ride locations and direct bus service to ALL UTEP HOME GAMES.

Bus trips are $3 roundtrip—reduced fares and bus passes will NOT be accepted on the special routes. Children 5 and under ride free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking at most Sun Metro facilities is free, except at the Union Plaza Transit Terminal ($7 per vehicle before 9 p.m., $10 per vehicle after 9 p.m.) and the Glory Road Transfer Center ($10 flat fee per vehicle). Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit our football page.

Don’t know when the UTEP home games take place? Get the latest UTEP football schedule.

Sun Bowl Game Service

Image of Sun Bowl logoThe Sun Bowl — the nation’s second oldest bowl game — features the color and pageantry that is college football. The annual New Year’s Eve game draws in tens of thousands of spectators into El Paso. To help alleviate the major traffic congestion that occurs with the Sun Bowl game, Sun Metro offers a transportation alternative from six designated locations, using five different routes, and four of its Park and Ride facilities!

Football fans can begin boarding at any of the six locations at 9:30 a.m. The drop-off sites for all the bus is located around Memorial Gym, within easy walking distance of the north end of the Sun Bowl Stadium. Return trips will begin at the end of the 3rd quarter. Fans will be picked up at the same location as the drop-off site for each of the routes.

Schedules and fares will vary depending on location. Go to our Sun Bowl page for bus information. For more information about the Sun Bowl go to sunbowl.org.