There's a new way you can arrange for a ride with your smartphone.
People in Charlottesville now have access to another ride-sharing service. For a little more than two years now you could summon a ride with Uber using your smartphone.
Well now, Lyft is officially in business in town in the Charlottesville area. The service which is in many big cities across the country operates very similarly.
You use the app to request a ride, and then get picked up by a driver in their car. The fares start at $2 with a $1.50 service fee, and then, like a cab ride, you pay per minutes and per mile.
Uber started in the area in 2014 and workers at Lyft think their service will be popular as well.
As for driving with the company, Lyft says it has more than 300,000 drivers on the road nationwide.
The company does require in-person car inspections and background checks for drivers.
By the way it's not just the city of Charlottesville where you can request a ride. Lyft plans to offer service as far as Scottsville, Louisa, and eastern Fluvanna County.
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