GNYHA would like to update members on several transportation opportunities available to hospitals and health care workers in support of the COVID-19 response. Below please find an overview.
Free Citi Bike Memberships
Lyft, Citi Bike’s parent company, is offering free 30-day Citi Bike trial memberships to essential health care workers, transit employees, and first responders (emergency medical services workers and Fire Department of the City of New York and New York City Police Department employees). All trips up to 45 minutes will be free.
Lyft will also move employee “valets” to stations with high ridership to help ensure bike availability. They will practice social distancing and implement expanded cleaning and disinfection protocols.
Please complete this form by April 1 if you would like your employees to be able to take advantage of this offer. Lyft will work with you to set up the program and provide information to your workforce, including a code to open accounts. More information is available in this frequently asked questions document and press release. Please email Lyft with questions.
Free Car Rentals
Hertz is offering health care workers in New York City free month-long car rentals until April 30. Individuals can sign up here.
Various ride-share companies have contacted GNYHA to offer reduced fares and/or create custom transportation networks for hospital employees during the pandemic. Via has proposed using their vehicle fleet for shared and/or individual trips to and from hospitals. Hospital administrators should email Michael Vaccarino at Via if interested. Lyft has provided this form for inquiries.
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
The MTA is operating reduced and/or modified service across its system, including the subway, buses, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad. We urge you to visit the MTA site for the latest information.
The MTA is also suspending subway service each night from 1:00 a.m.–5:00 a.m. for train and station disinfecting. To ensure that adequate transportation options are available for essential workers during these hours, bus service has been expanded and an Essential Connector Program has been established in collaboration with taxis and for-hire vehicles for workers whose commute is longer than 80 minutes, requires more than two bus transfers, or the walk to or from a bus stop is more than 1/2 mile (10 minutes).
The Essential Connector Program enables essential workers to pre-book rides. To either book or pre-book rides, riders must first register at https://mta-nyc.custhelp.com/app/essential-connector. Trips can then be booked by calling either 718-330-1234 or 511.
Essential Connector Program riders are limited to one trip per night and must show proof of essential travel with appropriate credentials (e.g., hospital or nursing facility identification badge). In addition, bus service will continue to be provided at no cost.
For up-to-date information about the overnight subway closures, latest bus schedules, and the Essential Connector Program, please go to new.mta.info/coronavirus/overnight.
GNYHA thanks New York’s health care workers for their service.