Atlanta Public Schools teams up with Lyft to provide free rides

Atlanta Public Schools teams up with Lyft to provide free rides

ATLANTA — Rideshare company Lyft has partnered with Atlanta Public Schools to make sure families have access to reliable transportation during the pandemic.

The partnership began at the beginning of this year and the Lyft-Up initiative has helped 110 families so far.

The rideshare company provided free credit rides for students and their families who did not have or had limited access to public transportation due to the coronavirus.

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Monica Hart lives about 35 minutes from her son’s high school Phoenix Academy and took advantage of the Lyft-Up program to make sure he got to school on time.

“We live in South Fulton to Dekalb County over to Phoenix Academy, once we got over there we got with our guidance counselor and she pretty much hooked us up with the rideshare and Lyft which enabled him to get back and forth to school every day and to become a 2020 graduate,” Hart said

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Hart says her son was late many days using public transportation.

“I was so happy because my car was down and it just was an inconvenience. He had to catch about two trains and maybe a bus to get to where he needed to be. So with that it helped us out a lot,” Hart said.

School starts in a few weeks and the partnership between Lyft and APS will continue through August, so the rides for families who need groceries or other essential trips, such as school or work transportation, will be available free of charge.

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