MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) – Getting back and forth to work can be a huge challenge for some people.
Ride share company Lyft is working to drive down the transportation barrier for those people in some cities by offering free rides to and from job interviews, training programs and the first three weeks of employment.
Nashville is the closest city offering the what Lyft calls its Job Access Program. A Lyft spokeswoman told Local 24 News that word would come when the program expands to Memphis.
When your Lyft has run its course, a local organization called My City Rides that can offer you a chance to scoot back and forth to work. Andy Nix is the Executive Director of My City Rides, the only program of its kind in the country. He says research shows the biggest obstacle to job employment is having a consistently reliable ride to work.
“Only 7% of employers in Memphis have frequent public transit within walking distance,” said Nix.
In just 18 months, My City Rides has put 200 program participants, also known as Flyers, on the road.
“In many cases, we have found that it’s a whole nother job for people to get to and from work.”
Brittney King, one of the first flyers, totalled her car almost two years ago and struggled with arranging rides with friends and family back and forth to work daily.
“Being able to get this transportation helped a lot of stress, helped with a lot of things I didn’t have to deal with anymore,” said King.
Having a My City Rides scooter not only gave King freedom of the road, but allowed her to get a second job and save $3,200 in six months.
I was taking Lyft and Uber all the time, at least $200 every week or two weeks, just trying to get back and forth.”
Whether four wheels or two, a simple and reliable means of transportation to work can make a huge impact.
“The scooter for me has changed my life tremendously,” said King.