SANTA CLARA, Calif. (October 19, 2016) — Irvine Company and Lyft today announced a new frontier of private-public transportation, launching a program designed to change the way people commute to and from work.
Irvine Company will provide its office customers with Lyft credits to get to and from Caltrain and Amtrak stations and Santa Clara Square, the new 1.7-million-square-foot workplace community in Santa Clara.
Santa Clara Square commuters can use the Lyft mobile app to request rides for on-demand pick up or drop off from work to nearby Caltrain stations including Lawrence and Mountain View as well as the Great America train station in Santa Clara serving Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) trains. Vehicle requests can be made anytime without schedule restrictions.
The partnership between Lyft and Irvine Company was born out of a mutual interest in enhancing the lives of Silicon Valley residents and employees, easing regional traffic and reducing greenhouse emissions. A driver with a 20-mile commute who instead uses public transportation will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.4 tons per year, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
“This innovative partnership is a game changer,” said Todd Hedrick, regional vice president, Irvine Company. “It provides our customers with an easier way to use public transportation to get to and from work. Santa Clara Square is fast becoming the region’s most vibrant workplace community. With this new program, it is now also one of the most accessible.”
By offering access to rides on-demand, the pilot program makes public transportation a more viable option for more people.
“Working with the Irvine Company to encourage people to use Lyft as a first-mile last-mile connection to transit, makes it easier for people to get to work,” said Gyre Renwick, head of enterprise partnerships at, Lyft. “Our continued collaboration will focus on making commuting more convenient and affordable for all of Silicon Valley.”
Currently, three office buildings at Santa Clara Square are completed, and two are occupied; five additional 220,000-square-foot buildings are under construction at the second phase, called, “The Campus @ Santa Clara Square,” and will be completed between the end of this year and the middle of 2017. Inaugural customers include Ericsson, Advanced Micro Devices, and Cambridge Industries Group.
In addition to the Lyft rideshare program, the campus will feature three Irvine Company signature amenities: The Commons, an open-air gathering place featuring casual workspaces, the Commons Café, an outdoor living room and complimentary Wi-Fi; and KINETIC, which blends state-of-the-art fitness centers and wellness services.
The 100-acre mixed-use community also features the 125,000-square-foot Santa Clara Square Marketplace, which opened in July and is anchored by a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods and will include three chic restaurants unique to Silicon Valley: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Il Fornaio and Puesto.
Its “Main Street” will add another 40,000 square feet of retail and services and serve as the community’s town center. Construction has also begun on an 1,800-home luxury apartment community, and the pedestrian-friendly project includes 30 acres of open space and parks, including a Redwood park trail and links to the adjacent San Tomas Aquino Trail.
About Irvine Company Office Properties
Irvine Company has evolved the traditional office to something much more: a vibrant workplace community. A place where collaboration is encouraged and creativity is enabled to elevate business success. The Company owns and manages 500 premier coastal California workplace communities in Orange County, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and San Diego. Its timeless design and quality craftsmanship is consistent with its long-term view and pride of ownership that is part of the Irvine Company promise to provide our customers with an exceptional today and even better tomorrow.
Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to reconnect people and communities through better transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available in more than 200 cities. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to driving positive change for the future of our cities.