Facility to Serve Thousands of Drivers with Essential Services and Lounge Under One Roof
San Diego CA— On Tuesday, Lyft officially opened its 35,000 square-foot Driver Center in the City of San Diego at 1240 West Morena Boulevard. The Bay Park facility, formerly Toys “R” Us, will serve as a one-stop shop for thousands of Lyft drivers, providing them affordable and competitively-priced vehicle repairs, maintenance and other essential services, along with other driver support.
This morning, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Jerry Sanders and other community leaders celebrated the opening of the Lyft Driver Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony. They welcomed the facility to San Diego, which will provide 20 jobs – from vehicle service specialists to driver support and onboarding staff.
“We’re proud to open one of Lyft’s first Driver Centers in San Diego to further meet our drivers’ needs directly,” said Lyft Southern California General Manager Hao Meng. “We know that maintaining a vehicle can add up and our goal is to service drivers’ vehicles in a timely and affordable way so they can get back on the road.”
Car service and repair shops currently available weren’t created with rideshare vehicles in mind so Lyft created its Driver Centers to function like race car pit stops, as several technicians work together to quickly complete repair work, allowing drivers to get back on the road as soon as possible and earn an income.
Vehicle services offered at Lyft’s Driver Center include maintenance and routine services such as: conventional or synthetic oil change, tire rotation and replacement, brake pad replacement, wiper blade replacement, filter changes, spark plug replacement, battery replacement, and free diagnostic assessments. While the cost of services may vary based on a vehicle’s make and model, Lyft is working to ensure pricing is below the market average. For example, a full synthetic oil change is priced at $49.99 for most vehicles.
The center also serves as a driver hub, providing drivers a comfortable place to relax in between rides, with access to bathrooms, Wi-Fi, coffee, lounge and work spaces and more. Drivers can connect in-person with Lyft community representatives for assistance, including vehicle inspections and app support.
Special to San Diego, the building features a mural by local artist Celeste Byers that colorfully illustrates Lyft vehicles and scooters in what Byers describes as her “interpretation of Lyft’s future of travel … throughout some of the City’s most iconic landmarks.”
Lyft’s Express Drive program will also operate out of the San Diego Driver Center, connecting Lyft drivers to rental vehicles with standard maintenance and insurance coverage through rental partner, Flexdrive. A rental fleet, including 100 hybrid vehicles, are available for Lyft drivers to rent as an alternative way to drive and earn.
The San Diego Driver Center follows launches in Austin, Texas; Denver; Phoenix; and San Francisco.
Lyft was founded in 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and is available to 95 percent of the United States population as well as select cities in Canada. Lyft is committed to effecting positive change for our cities and making cities more livable for everyone through initiatives that bridge transportation gaps, and by promoting transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships.
For more information on Lyft in San Diego, visit www.lyft.com/cities/san-diego-ca.