Richmond’s Lyft program providing subsidized rides to vaccinations

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Seniors and disabled individuals in Richmond are encouraged to use the city’s R-Transit Lyft program to reach COVID-19 vaccination sites (except for those that are drive-thru).

The on-demand program has been operating around the clock, seven days per week during the pandemic to provide subsidized transportation for seniors ages 55 and older and disabled persons 18 years and older, according to Latressa Wilson Alford on behalf of the city. Residents can take Lyft to destinations between the cities of Richmond, El Sobrante, San Pablo, Kensington and Pinole and to the VA Medical Center or the Regional Medical Center in Martinez, Alford said.

“LYFT rides are subsidized by the City of Richmond through a Chevron Modernization Project Environmental and Community Investment Agreement (ECIA),” Alford said. “For example, you can pay $3 for a $20 ride and the City will subsidize the rest up to $17. All you need is a smartphone and a debit/credit card. Program participants are allowed a maximum of 40 subsidized trips per month.”

Those interested in using the program can click here. Those needing help with downloading or navigating the Lyft app can receive assistance by calling (510) 621-3171.

Richmond R-Transit’s Paratransit and Lyft drivers are following safety protocols, with paratransit vehicles equipped with masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and non-contact forehead thermometers, Alford said. Drivers sanitize vehicles before and after each transport, keep windows open for air circulation, wear gloves and masks, provide gloves and masks to passengers (LYFT riders must bring their own masks) and provide individuals rides (non-ride share) except for a family member or caregiver.