Ontario International Airport officials are now providing free Lyft rides between Ontario International Airport (ONT) and four Metrolink train stations, giving airport customers another cost-effective option to reach passenger terminals.
The $396,000 pilot program, which went into effect this month, is funded by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) in partnership with Omnitrans, Metrolink, and Lyft.
The program allows for Lyft rides of up to $35 to or from Metrolink stations at Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, and Ontario-East and is designed to increase public transportation ridership to ONT. Fares are charged by Lyft directly to SBCTA.
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.
"Using Metrolink to connect through Lyft to Ontario International Airport makes sense for travelers as we have 52 trains that make stops Monday through Friday at the stations where the Lyft partnership is offered," said Metrolink Board Chair Brian Humphrey. "Customers also have weekend options on the San Bernardino Line where Metrolink has 20 trains that stop at the stations on Saturday and 14 trains on Sunday."
Air travelers are eligible for the free Lyft ride to ONT by entering GOSBCTA into their mobile app or state 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 geo-fenced boundary that is limited to the station platform and designated drop-off/pick-up areas within the station.