Lyft, a rideshare company, will expand service into Fort George G. Meade by June.
The expansion, according to a Lyft news release, will provide convenient, affordable transportation options for the 12,000 individuals who live on post, along with more than 40,000 people who commute to Fort Meade each day.
“This new service will help Fort Meade’s service members, civilians and their family members by providing another safe, reliable, door-to-door transportation option on Fort Meade and in the surrounding community,” said Lt. Col. Allan Floyd, Fort Meade’s deputy garrison commander-Transformation.
Lyft is recruiting and training drivers who will be specifically certified to provide rides on Fort Meade. Only fully vetted and approved Lyft drivers will be given credentials to access the installation to provide rides to those who need them.
The announcement celebrates National Military Appreciation Month and Lyft’s commitment to support military service members, veterans and their families.
The goal of the collaboration between Lyft and Fort Meade is to provide better transportation solutions and create economic empowerment opportunities for Maryland drivers, including veterans and those actively serving in the military.
Traditionally, those living on and commuting to military installations such as Fort Meade have fewer transportation options, which limits overall mobility and access.
Lyft’s expansion seeks to alleviate these challenges, while also reducing the financial burden of car ownership and offering flexible income-earning opportunities.
“We are dedicated to collaborating with the Fort Meade and military service organizations to identify and address innovative solutions to existing transportation barriers, and we believe this expansion will enhance mobility and access to services on and off base for individuals in Maryland,” said Mike Heslin, Baltimore market manager for Lyft.
A 2018 Economic Impact Report showed 11 percent of Lyft drivers in the greater Baltimore area are veterans of the armed forces. Nationally, 26 percent of drivers have a family member who has served or is currently serving in the military.
Service to Fort Meade coincides with Lyft’s military initiatives nationwide, including Lyft’s service pilot at Camp Pendleton, Calif., the Marine Corps’ largest West Coast expeditionary training facility.
Across the U.S., Lyft is offering transit solutions and economic opportunities for more than 85,000 military and civilian personnel and their families.
In Baltimore, Lyft announced the first recipient of its community grant program will be the 6th Branch, a nonprofit that harnesses the skills of veterans to execute impactful community service initiatives.