Transportation for all
Millions of people lack access to basic needs because they can’t get a ride.
Through our LyftUp initiative, we’re working to make sure everyone has access to affordable, reliable transportation to get where they need to go — no matter their age, income, zip, or postal code.
Helping more people get to the polls
During the last presidential election, it’s estimated that more than 15 million eligible voters didn’t go to the polls in large part because they didn’t have a way to get there. This year, we’re expanding the work we began in 2018 to offer access to even more free and discounted rides to the polls. For the first time, we’ll be providing access to free and discounted bike and scooter rides, too.
Explore our LyftUp ride access programs
Creating a path to new beginnings
Through the LyftUp Access Alliance, we’re providing access to rides that’ll help underserved communities of color reach essential resources and services. As a part of this initiative, we’re joining forces with impact-driven organizations like My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Urban League, Black Women’s Roundtable, and more.
Providing relief in the aftermath
Natural disasters strike hardest at low-income communities. We team up with local organizations and first responders to provide rides to help those in need access urgent services, shelter, and other critical resources.
We covered all Lyft rides to evacuation centers during 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.
We provided free rides to and from temporary housing when thousands lost their homes in California’s Camp Fire in 2018.
We provided free rides to blood donation centers after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
Getting people to work
The difference between landing a job and a lost opportunity often comes down to a ride. When the economic recovery begins, we’ll be ready to provide free Lyft car rides to and from job training programs, interviews, and the first three weeks of new employment to give unemployed individuals a fairer chance at success.
Helping people get to the polls
Making healthy food accessible
Approximately 23.5 million people in the US live in neighborhoods without access to fresh, healthy food¹. Nearly half of them live on low incomes. Making the trek to a grocery store across town isn’t always an option. We offer discounted Lyft car rides to low-income families and seniors heading to and from grocery stores, farmers markets, food pantries, and SNAP benefits appointments.
¹Source: USDA Economic Research Service
We help Ward 8 residents get rides to fresh, healthy food
In Washington DC’s Ward 3, where the average household income is $136,832, average life expectancy is 85.1 years. In Ward 8, where the average household income is $34,824, the average life expectancy is 70.2 years.
DC Community Health Assessment, Volume 1, DC Department of Health
“That’s why I’m still around.”
“Because when I grew up, I had beans and greens. Nothing frozen. Everything came from the ground.”
— Florestine Jones, 78, Washington, DC
LYFTUP COMMUNITY GRANTS
Supporting local organizations
Transportation access can be a big help for grassroots organizations that address our most important urban challenges. We support them with LyftUp Community Grants of up to $20,000 in free or discounted rides. Some of our LyftUp Community Grant recipients include the Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Mental Health Association of Georgia, and Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.
Making big change with your small change
Everyone can help us bring affordable, reliable transportation to all. Join LyftUp by choosing an orgnaization to donate to in the app — we'll round up the cost of your ride to the nearest dollar and donate the difference.