Today, we’re proud to launch a historic partnership with the City of San Clemente, ensuring uninterrupted transportation access for San Clemente residents in neighborhoods previously served by the 191 and 193 Orange County Transportation Authority bus routes. Our on-demand ridesharing service offers convenience and efficiency in areas where traditional buses have long been a challenge for residents and transit agencies alike. We are proud to be the City’s official ridesharing partner, and to make getting around the city quickly and affordably without a car a reality for residents.
Using the code SCRIDES, riders can enjoy discounted rides, courtesy of the City of San Clemente and the Orange County Transportation Authority. Save up to $9 on your rides. That means for an $11 ride, you only have to pay $2.
To be eligible, rides must be taken between 6 AM-8 PM, and must be picked up and dropped off along the corridors of the 191 and 193 bus routes. To make sure you’re at the right space, look for signs at participating bus stops.
In suburban environments like San Clemente, it is tough to operate fixed route bus service. For years, the City and OCTA, like many areas across the United States, have experienced declining ridership and high operational costs. They wanted to focus resources on improving service in places where buses are most effective, without leaving any residents behind. It was important to provide a transportation option for those who didn’t own a car and were dependent on transit. We are honored to help fill that gap.
“[This partnership] not only fills the void of the loss of bus routes by ensuring a seamless transition for bus users, but the service can be provided more efficiently”, says City Councilmember Tim Brown and champion of the SC Rides pilot program.
“The transportation industry is changing and the public is changing the way it commutes. SC Rides is a perfect example of how we are adapting while keeping the number one goal in mind, which is to serve the public and get them where they need to be in a safe and timely fashion”, says San Clemente Councilmember Lori Donchak, who also serves as Chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.
San Clemente is a southern California beach town not too far from where our co-founder and CEO Logan Green spent his youth. It was here, in a region famous for its freeways and traffic, that the idea of Lyft was born. We couldn’t ask for a more perfect city to partner with as we continue to build a transportation future that curbs congestion, cuts greenhouse gas emissions, and redesigns our streets for people instead of cars.