Under United Way Worldwide’s Ride United transportation initiative, United Way of Pierce County’s South Sound 211 operation will begin providing free Lyft rides to eligible clients in Tacoma and other select cities this month.

Through the partnership with Lyft, South Sound 211 — which serves Pierce, Thurston, and Lewis Counties — will provide free rides to eligible 211 clients specifically in need of transportation for employment, health, and access to public benefits.

“The heart of the issue is access to reliable transportation and what that looks like to different populations,” said Penni Belcher, director of South Sound 211. “For the past two years, we’ve deployed a transportation navigator to help address structural barriers. This partnership with Lyft will provide a convenient way for our clients to get to critical appointments.”

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