Beginning today there is a new car-free way to travel to the Ontario Airport. Residents from throughout the region can now take Metrolink right to Cucamonga Station where they will be met by ONT Connect, a direct shuttle operated by Omnitrans and powered by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.
ONT Connect shuttles will meet Metrolink trains or Omnitrans buses for a quick, no-wait connection to Ontario Airport Terminals Two and Four and will collect riders from the airport for the return trip to Cucamonga Station. The ride is free for anyone transferring from or to Metrolink or Omnitrans.
“ONT Connect service provides an effective, convenient way for travelers and commuters to get to the airport without traffic and parking challenges,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager Erin Rogers. “We’re pleased to provide new service that effectively connects our region through multi-agency partnerships.”
“ONT Connect will offer a multimodal ‘first-mile/last-mile’ solution for getting directly to and from Ontario airport via public transit,” said SBCTA President Art Bishop. “Travelers throughout the region will be able to use Metrolink or Omnitrans to get to Cucamonga Station then have a quick, easy ride to the airport. This will reduce congestion and emissions associated with car trips to the airport, and provide an economical alternative to the costs of driving to and from ONT.”
Cucamonga Station, just off Milliken Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga, is served by Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line which travels between Union Station and Downtown San Bernardino. On weekdays, 18 trains in each direction serve the station, while weekend service is eight trains in each direction. The station is also served hourly by Omnitrans Route 82 bus line. The ONT Connect schedule will be coordinated with train arrivals. The next generation for the station will be further enhanced by the arrival of the proposed Brightline West (high speed, electric rail) that will connect the High Desert with the Valley.
ONT Connect vehicles will be boldly branded for easy identification. For route and schedule information on ONT Connect, please visit omnitrans.org, or download the Transit app to plan your trip.