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

Lee Smith, an usher at Golden 1 Center, welcomes fans to the Sacramento Kings Fan Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
Lee Smith, an usher at Golden 1 Center, welcomes fans to the Sacramento Kings Fan Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.

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

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.

RT announced its plans to provide free light-rail rides to the arena Oct. 27 for the Sacramento Kings’ season-opening NBA game as a way of introducing the rail system to potential new users.

In other arena-related news:

▪ The city of Sacramento last week launched a new trip-planning webpage at for people uncertain about how to get to the arena and which travel mode to use. It includes information about travel routes, reserving garage parking, using ride sharing or transit, and traveling by bike.

▪ Kings officials said arena doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for the McCartney concerts, which are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. People will be allowed into the arena plaza at 5:30 p.m.

▪ The Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates will operate a free bike valet service at Cesar Chavez Park, essentially a bike corral monitored by SABA workers. They accept helmets and backpacks, both of which are not allowed to be brought into the arena.

▪ City officials recommend people driving to major events at the arena, such as concerts or Kings games, reserve a spot in advance in a downtown garage at

▪ YoloBus is offering free shuttle rides to the arena from the West Sacramento transit center on West Capitol Avenue across from City Hall. The shuttles will leave every 15 minutes before and after the concert and at half-hour intervals during the concert.

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Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak