Free Lyft rides are now available between Ontario International Airport in California and four Metrolink train stations.
The initiative is a US$396,000 pilot funded by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) in partnership with Omnitrans, Metrolink and Lyft, which is the exclusive app-based ride-hail service provider to Ontario.
The program covers Lyft rides of up to US$35 to or from Metrolink stations at Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario-East and is designed to increase public transportation ridership to the airport. Fares are charged by Lyft directly to SBCTA.
Alan D Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) board of commissioners, said, “A big part of what distinguishes Ontario airport is its access and convenience and, as an airport authority, we are committed to exploring all options which enable us to maintain that competitive edge, increase commuter and transit options, and promote sound growth as we continue to development of Southern California’s newest aviation gateway.”
The Montclair, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga train stations are on Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line, while the Ontario-East Station is part of Metrolink’s Riverside Line.
Air travelers are eligible for the free Lyft ride to ONT by entering GOSBCTA into their mobile app or stating the code when calling into the concierge. The origin and destination must match the parameters of the participating station and riders must be standing within a geofenced boundary that is limited to the station platform and designated drop-off/pick-up areas within the station.