Uber and Lyft will get an additional $300,000 in funding to give free and discounted ride-hailing services to residents who lost a car as a result of Tropical Storm Ida and who can’t yet get another one due to the impacts of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Oct. 13.
The first phase of the program, launched in conjunction with United Way Worldwide and NJ 211, started in September and provided more than 2,400 rides to New Jerseyans in need.
Residents who lost a vehicle and need to access essential services can text NJIDARIDE to 898-211 to request a Lyft or Uber ride. Those without access to a smartphone can dial 2-1-1 from any phone line.
“This additional funding will be a lifeline for those still without reliable transportation following Tropical Storm Ida who are also impacted by COVID-19,” Murphy said. “We appreciate the partnership with NJ 211, Uber, and Lyft in providing transportation to those in need during this difficult time.”
Tropical Storm Ida produced massive flooding throughout several New Jersey counties on Sept. 1, displacing many, destroying homes and vehicles, and killing more than 30.
Some limitations may apply to the transportation offerings available from Uber or Lyft, so riders should contact 211 for additional information.
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