Sacramento light rail announces arena partnership with Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab

Regional Transit and city officials have announced several last-minute efforts to make travel easier to and from the downtown Golden 1 Center, which will open Tuesday night with a Paul McCartney concert.

RT, which plans to extend light-rail service later on arena event nights, announced an agreement Monday with three ride-sharing companies, Uber, Lyft and Yellow Cab, for up to $5 off rides for people who use one of those services to go to or from six selected light-rail stations on event nights this year.

The six stations are Roseville Road, Florin, Franklin, Watt/Manlove, Sunrise and Power Inn. Each station will have RT guides to help out beginner riders. RT officials say they believe some suburban residents might choose to leave their cars at home and take ride-sharing services to light-rail stations, then board trains to the downtown arena.

“We decided, instead of looking at each other as competitors, let’s embrace roles and work as partners,” said Folsom City Councilman Andy Morin, an RT board member.

Ride-sharing companies also plan to take people directly to the arena. The city has set up three drop-off and pick-up zones nearby.

For information about RT’s collaboration with ride-sharing companies, go to www.sacrt.com/stationlink.stm.

Riders can purchase tickets at fare machines on train station platforms at each station. RT officials, however, advise riders to download the RideSacRT app beforehand, and purchase tickets on the app. A single ride ticket costs $2.75. A round-trip discount pass for up to four people will cost $14 for the group.