The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) this week announces a pilot program with rideshare service Via, LGA Connect, to provide a flat-rate shared ride service from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to all five boroughs of New York City.
LGA Connect will provide price consistency with $15 flat-rate rides booked from LaGuardia to Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and $20 to Staten Island and the Bronx. PANYNJ notes one of the goals of the program is to reduce the number of people using their own cars to get to and from the airport in Queens, which serves 30 million people annually.
“Since the agency is constantly looking for ways to reduce congestion and improve the LaGuardia experience, we welcome Via’s LGA Connect service which offers LaGuardia travelers a sustainable, affordable option to reach their final destinations in all five boroughs, including travel public transit hubs,” says Rick Cotton, executive director of PANYNJ. “We are in the peak of construction of an entirely new airport with the high-volume holiday travel season now upon us.”
LGA Connect rides can be booked 7 days a week between 8 am and 1 am with a credit card through the Via app, or with the help of a dispatcher at a designated “LGA Connect” pickup point outside of LGA Terminal C/D. Via matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction. Rides depart within 10 minutes, and passengers will be dropped off at a nearby corner within walking distance of their destination.