Lyft to provide gas cards to federal workers who are also drivers

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Rideshare company Lyft was the latest company to offer some relief to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown as they face a second payday without a paycheck Friday. 

“For drivers affected by the shutdown, Lyft is providing gas cards to those who are federal employees,” the company wrote in a press release Friday. Drivers will have to provide a valid government employee ID to get a $20 gas card. 

In Austin, drivers can pick up the cards at the Austin Driver Hub at 1021 E 7th St. 

The company has also expanded its partnership with United Way to allow riders to donate to a United Way fund that is helping federal workers with food, rent and mortgage payments. 

While Lyft has rolled out these benefits for its drivers, only federal worker riders in Washington, D.C. will see some relief. In a program they call Relief Rides, federal workers in D.C. can contact the local United Way to get a ride code for two free rides up to $10 each. 

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