Uber and MTS are jointly marketing the new service.
Uber and MTS are jointly marketing the new service.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and Uber are teaming up to make it easier for trolley and bus riders to connect with ride-sharing during next week’s MLB All-Star Game and Comic-Con later in the month.

The partnership will offer a one-time discount of $5 for uberPOOL riders who utilize its service to arrive or depart from MTS Transit Centers. It is designed to allow people to leave their cars at home, get a ride to transit and then reverse the trip to get back home.

“UberPOOL can be used as critical first-mile service to break down one of the barriers for people to access transit,” said Paul Jablonski, chief executive officer of MTS. “With this partnership, people can leave their car at home and get where they need to go easily and affordably. It will be a great way to enjoy all the action downtown for the next few weeks.”

MTS and Uber have selected 20 transit centers as places to pick up and drop off riders taking advantage of the partnership. UberPOOL riders enter the code MTSUBER and the discount is applied if they are picked up or dropped off at one of these participating centers:

Trolley: Iris Ave., H Street, 8th Street, Barrio Logan, Euclid, Lemon Grove, Santee, El Cajon, Grossmont Center, 70th Street, SDSU, Mission San Diego, Mission Valley Center, Fashion Valley, and Old Town.

Rapid: Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Sabre Springs, Miramar College, and City Heights Transit Plaza.

“We’ve seen how riders are using Uber to travel the first and last mile between their homes and the nearest transit station, wherever it may be, and through this exciting partnership with MTS, we can make those connections even more seamless,” said Brian Hughes, Uber San Diego general manager

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.