Lyft has said one of its goals is to help solve transportation issues for people.

Now, the ride-hailing company appears to be putting its money where its mouth is.

Lyft President John Zimmer announced Wednesday that the company is expanding its Relief Rides program, which gives people free trips during natural disasters or crisis.

It's pledging $1.5 million over the next year to extend its free ride program to low-income people and veterans who need transportation for things like job interviews and doctors appointments.

Compared to the larger and better-funded Uber, Lyft has long been the underdog in the ride-hailing world.

Lyft said it gave 375.5 million rides in 2017 -- that's 130 percent more than 2016.

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