A new cab alternative is headed to Music City this week!
Lyft, an on-demand ride sharing company based in San Francisco, is launching in Nashville on Friday, according to company spokeswoman Paige Thelen. The company, whose ads you may have scrolled past on social media outlets, has been working on growing a fleet of Nashville drivers, who will proudly place a pink mustache on the front of their cars to identify themselves as part of the company.
Passengers in need of a ‘lyft’ can book a nearby driver through the use of Lyft’s mobile app. While other similar companies operate private cars, most Lyft drivers will use their own vehicles to provide transport. When a passenger requests a nearby ‘lyft,’ a picture of the driver and their car pops up on the app so they know when the driver arrives. Each driver will charge a suggested donation, determined by the time and distance traveled. Riders can add or subtract based on their experience. Eighty percent of the donation goes to the driver while 20 percent goes to Lyft.
So far, Lyft has provided more than 1 million rides nationwide and operates in 18 cities.
What do you think about Lyft’s arrival in Nashville? Would you use this service to get front point A to point B around town?