These days ridesharing is easily the most convenient way to get around, but it can also get pretty expensive, especially if you’re between jobs. To ease the financial burden of its prices, Lyft is offering free and discounted rides to passengers going to job interviews.
As reported by @Engadget, Lyft wants to help passengers from various background get to their potential job opportunities by providing both discount and free services. Those who are set to benefit from the company’s generosity, include veterans, those with disabilities, refugees, ex-convicts, those in low-income areas and those hoping to get their first job, the coveted 18 to 24-year-olds.
In addition to rides to and from job interviews and job training programs, Lyft will also help passengers get to work and back home for their first three weeks of employment. This gives many people time to get their first paycheck, at which time they can begin to pay for rides themselves.
Initially, Lyft’s new program will be available in over 35 cities in the U.S. and Canada and utilize the help of nonprofit organizations to connect with those who need assistance. Other partners in the program include United Way and 211, Year Up, Generation, #cut50 (Dream Corps), The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Upwardly Global.
This isn’t the first time Lyft has offered free rides to those in need, as they recently helped those who needed transportation during the California blackouts free-of-charge. Earlier this year, Lyft set plans to spend at least $50 million annually on measures such as transportation infrastructure, sustainability and donated rides.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?