Presidio of Monterey/MST Bus Information

MST Bus Program changes and New Line 78


MST Bus Program changes and New Line 78 details (PDF)


MST added a new bus line from Santa Cruz (Line 78) starting on 02 Feb 13. Although the line is funded by a federal grant, it will service the Presidio of Monterey. If you have specific questions or comments about bus stops, please call the MST help line at 1-888-678-2871. If you are interested in riding the Santa Cruz bus (Line 78) and are not already enrolled in the bus program, please go to Bldg 614 Room 119 (242-7590) to complete an application. Please call ahead to ensure someone will be in the office before going there.

MST bus pass vending machines have arrived. Click here for vending machine information.

Thanks and see you on the bus!


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The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and the U.S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey (POM) are participating in the Federal Government’s Mass Transportation Benefit Program (MTBP) and Transportation Incentive Program (TIP).


What is it?


The MTBP/TIP provides reimbursement for mass transit commuting costs to and from work in order to reduce federal employees’ contribution to traffic congestion and air pollution and to expand their commuting alternatives.


What does this mean to the employees – military, civilian, and NAF—who are eligible? It means that you could be riding to work for free!


Click here for the Program Eligibility PDF.


POM Bus Program Participants:

There is an important mandatory change to the POM bus program. All bus program participants, with a small number of exceptions, must come sign for their TRANServe debit card to continue participating in the program. Starting 01 Oct 12, the Department of Transportation requires that the Mass Transportation Benefit and Transportation Benefit Programs transition to an individual TRANServe debit card payment system. All program participants will be issued a debit card and must use the new debit card to purchase bus passes on a monthly basis. Participants will no longer sign for a bus pass, instead they will have to purchase the pass using the debit card.


The process is very easy.


  • Step 1: Sign for the debit card
  • Step 2: Activate the debit card (Click here for instructions)
  • Step 3: Purchase the bus pass for the next month


Debit Cards will no longer be issued at Bldg. 614, Room 119 on the Presidio of Monterey. See below.



The first bus pass vending machine is ready for use in the POM Post Office Bldg 517 next to Einstein's Bagels. It is a black vending machine with a BUS PASS sign on the wall behind it. To find it, go in the Post Office door and look to your left front. It is across from the post office boxes on the left side wall. The Post Office door is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. To use the vending machine, simply swipe your TRANServe debit card through the reader and wait for the bus pass to drop into the lower slot. A receipt will also be printed. You do not need to push any buttons or enter a PIN. Remember: only one bus pass can be purchased from the 10th of the month to the 9th of the following month.


A second bus pass vending machine is currently being installed inside Outdoor Recreation Bldg 228. The vending machine will be inside the building past the front desk on the left. Outdoor Recreation is open 9am -6pm on Monday - Friday and is closed 2pm - 3pm for lunch.


We are working with the DoD Center to get the third vending machine installed as quickly as possible. It will be placed in the lobby area of the main entrance to the DoD Center.


Effective immediately bus passes can no longer be purchased or signed for in Bldg 418. The only exception will be for people that have less than $125 on their debit cards. If you need to purchase a bus pass with your TRANServe debit card, do so at one of the vending machines. If you have not yet received a TRANServe debit card or wish to enroll in the program, please come to Bldg 614 Rm 119. Call 831-242-7590 before you come by.




  • Help cut down on pollution and traffic?
  • Save money on gas?
  • Reduce wear and tear on your car?
  • Never worry about a parking spot?
  • Catch up on your reading?


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Service member boarding an MST bus at the Presidio of Monterey

Military Commuter Routes
Color Map

Click on image to the right
for a view of the
Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST)
Military Communter Routes Map or select specific route information from the links above.

  Color map of MST bus routes serving the Presidio of Monterey.
  • All new participants must submit an application. See the cover sheet below or the links
    at the bottom of the page for more information.

  • Complete and turn in your service-specific application and cover sheet to DPTMS, Rm 119, Bldg 614. You may also come to same location for assistance in completing the application.

  • All applications must be typed (forms are fillable) and have original applicant's signature. All blocks on the forms must be filled out completely.

  • Both completed cover sheet AND your service's application are required for this program.

    To determine which bus/buses would take you to your destination, MST provides a Quick Trip Planner at Type in your start point, destination and time of arrival and the planner will tell you which buses you should take. Bus schedules are also available in Rm 119. Bldg 614.

    MST also provides a Twitter service that notifies riders when buses will be delayed. To sign up for this service. Click here

    Service members ride for half-price on all Monterey-Salinas transit buses. If you reside in billeting on the Presidio, there is a bus available for you to visit the local communities and shopping centers. This bus runs on weekends until approximately 2 a.m. and costs only $1.25 per trip. See schedule for times.



Director, DPTMS

Commander of CLAMED Det., Col. Daniel Jimenez

Mr. Ren Lascelles

Contact Us:

Director, DPTMS
(831) 242-7495

Operations Officer

(831) 242-4030

(831) 242-7027

Security Manager
(831) 242-6844

(831) 242-7884

(831) 242-5502