Via and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) are launching a pilot program, LGA Connect — a new flat-rate shared-ride service from LaGuardia Airport to all five boroughs. Leading into the busy holiday season, Via and PANYNJ aim to reduce private vehicle trips from the airport with the introduction of congestion-reducing, convenient, and affordable shared rides as part of public transit.
Powered by Via’s technology for on-demand shared rides, LGA Connect provides travelers full transparency and price consistency with $15 flat-rate rides booked from LaGuardia to Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and $20 to Staten Island and the Bronx.
More than 30 million travelers flew through LaGuardia Airport last year, and more than 90% of those travelers used private vehicles, individual taxis, and similar methods of travel that contribute to stagnating traffic. The Via and PANYNJ pilot represents an opportunity for the public and private sectors to work together to introduce a solution that could meaningfully reduce congestion and expand access to a new form of public transit at New York City’s highly-trafficked airports.
LGA Connect rides can be booked seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. with a credit card through the Via app, or with the help of a dispatcher at a designated “LGA Connect” pickup point outside of Terminal C/D. In the Via app, passengers select “LGA Connect” from the menu, and enter their desired destination. Via’s algorithm matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction into a single vehicle and provides passengers with vehicle identification information and an ETA. Rides depart within 10 minutes, and passengers will be dropped off at a nearby corner within walking distance of their destination.
Via’s pilot program with PANYNJ is the next step in the company’s vision to evolve public mobility across the globe with smart, shared technology solutions. LGA Connect follows closely on the heels of the announcement that Via will launch an on-demand public bus service in partnership with the City of Jersey City and is a complement to Via’s consumer business that was born in New York City in 2013.