A Rapid bus
A Rapid bus. Courtesy San Diego MTS

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will begin a partnership with Lyft next week offering discounts for rideshares on “Transit Tuesdays” throughout the summer.

“This Transit Tuesday promotion with Lyft utilizes the convenience of smartphone technology to encourage residents to try transit just one day a week,” said Paul Jablonski, MTS chief executive officer. “If everyone rides just one day a week, it will have a tremendous positive impact on traffic and air quality.”

The first 500 people to claim the discount code “TRANSITTUESDAY” in the Lyft app will get a 25% discount on rides to and from 50 trolley stations and Rapid bus stops across MTS’ service territory. The discount codes will be valid for a maximum of two trips per Tuesday between June 4 and August 27.

“Throughout the summer, Lyft’s partnership with MTS’ Transit Tuesday campaign helps riders who have a few miles to go between transit stops and their final destinations get there easily,” said Lyft San Diego Market Manager Hao Meng. “With one third of Lyft riders using public transit to commute at least once a week, we hope this will make a difference in how San Diegans get around.”

MTS operates 95 bus routes and three Trolley lines providing 300,000 trips every weekday.

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Chris Jennewein

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