Transportation for all
Millions of people lack access to basic needs because they can’t get a ride.
Through our Lyft Up 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.
Explore our Lyft Up transportation access programs
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.
Inadequate transportation is a barrier to employment opportunities and economic advancement for millions of Americans.
Source: Harvard University
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
Grocery Access Program
To date, the Grocery Access Program has provided over 50,000 discounted rides across 25+ cities to help people access grocery stores.
Local Partner Organizations
Our local partner organizations coordinated the donated food and identified community members in need of food assistance while Lyft managed the logistics of these food deliveries. In partnership with Mastercard, we’ve facilitated over 2 million meals through 10+ local partners.
Helping people get to the polls
In the 2016 presidential election, it’s estimated that more than 15 million eligible voters didn’t go to the polls because they didn’t have a way to get there. This year, we’ll be offering free rides to the general election through a number of nonprofit partners.
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.
Since 2017, Lyft has activated for over 25 disasters ranging from storms and hurricanes to wildfires and extreme weather incidents.
We provided free rides to and from temporary housing when thousands lost their homes in California’s Camp Fire in 2018.
To date, the program has provided over 2,000 rides to shelters, cooling centers, evacuation sites, and more.
Creating a path to new beginnings
Through the Lyft Up 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.
LYFT UP 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 Lyft Up Community Grants for access to free or discounted rides. Some of our Lyft Up Community Grant recipients include Pueblo Unido PDX, Aloha Maui Pride, and African American Youth Harvest Foundation.
We award hyperlocal organizations with Lyft Up grants on a quarterly basis. To date, the program has supported over 200 organizations and over 50% of grants went to organizations supporting communities of color. Apply.
Making big change with your small change
Everyone can help us bring affordable, reliable transportation to all. Join Lyft Up 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.