Lyft has launched a new initiative called the job access program. The leaders at Lyft saw a recent study that said commute times were one of the biggest factors to people escaping poverty and they want to help. For the unemployed, reliable transportation to a job interview or to the first few weeks of work can mean the difference between successful, long-term employment and lost opportunities. So we’ve partnered with several leading national and local organizations dedicated to workforce development in order to deliver free or discounted rides to people making their way through the employment pipeline.
According to Ashley Helsing, NDSS’ Director of Government Relations, "There are roughly two million people living with disabilities in the United States. Of those two million, nearly 30 percent, or 560,000 people, are unable to leave their home because of transportation barriers. The ability to get around easily, especially for employment in the disability community, is crucial to the future.”