Lyft for Short Trips

Due to a budget shortfall, we are temporarily NOT accepting new Lyft for Short Trips program applications.

Sometimes, using transit isn’t an option.  If your shift in Downtown Palo Alto starts early or ends late here’s how we can help!

We’ll help with subsidized Lyft shared rides from your home directly to your job.  Leave your car (and the stress of parking) home!

How it Works

Each month, The Palo Alto TMA will pay up to $10 per ride for up to 15 rides per month, so you can take advantage of your annual transit pass!

  • We’ll send an email to you with a Lyft code, good for work trips between Downtown and the Greater Palo Alto Area Zone.
  • You’ll be eligible to receive credits every month through the end of the year.
  • If you can take the bus for one part of your commute, the TMA may also be able to give you a monthly bus pass in addition to the Lyft credits.

Do You Qualify?

1. Do you live in the shaded area of the Greater Palo Alto Area map?
2. Do you currently drive to work in Downtown Palo Alto?
3. Do you earn less than $50,000 per year?
4. Do you have a smartphone and email?



“This helps SO much! It takes the stress of finding parking and trying to move the car every two hours down to Zero!!


“What a blessing this program has been for me, and I am very grateful to have the option of using Lyft. I live equally distant between the Palo Alto and Menlo Park train stations, and the Lyft credit makes it possible to get to my work in Downtown Palo Alto without a car.

Thank you so much.”

–Hotel Employee