This summer, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new jobs-access partnership with Solano Transportation Authority. Under this new partnership, Lyft is helping workers connect from the local Amtrak rail station to job parks that sit 2-5 miles away from the regional rail station. This service fills a much needed transit gap for local social service, food manufacturing and hospital workers who previously lacked reliable transit alternatives between the region’s major rail hub and their place of work.
Lyft and STA have launched this new pilot program with several interested employers, including: NorthBay Center for Primary Care, Partnership Health Plan, Solano County Health, Jelly Belly Factory, and the Fairfield Suisun Sewer District.
Employees from these organizations can sign up for the program by calling the Solano Mobility Call Center at 800-535-6883 to receive a discount code that will save them up to $10 on 40 Lyft trips a month to/from the station to their place of work.
“STA is happy to provide this service that helps commuters reach their final destination,” said Sean Hurley, STA Employee Outreach Coordinator. “This is one of several programs that we offer to Solano County employers to encourage their employees to take transit, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk to and from work. We encourage employees in the Solano Business Park area to try out this Lyft pilot program. We look forward to expanding the First Mile - Last Mile program to more companies in Solano County.”
For decades now, the suburbanization of jobs has been impacting transit’s ability to connect workers to regional job opportunities. In fact, a 2012 Brookings Institute report found that any given job was only accessible to 27% of residents by transit in 90 minutes or less. For many citizens across America transportation barriers impact their access to desirable employment opportunities.
Providing enhanced access to employment is why Lyft is so excited to be partnering with the Solano Transportation Authority on this innovative new program - illustrating how Lyft and transit agencies can work together to provide multimodal solutions that bridge the gap between trunkline transit and major job centers.