Need a Lyft? Shared rides return to Philly on ride-hailing platform

A Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver's car next to an Uber sticker

In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver's car next to an Uber sticker. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo, file)

Shared rides with Lyft are back in Philadelphia.

The ride-hailing company halted the popular, money-saving option due to the coronavirus pandemic. But now that many people are vaccinated against the virus and safety restrictions have largely loosened, riders can once again catch a ride with a stranger in Philadelphia.

“As the country reopens, we want our most affordable ride option to be available to our riders,” said Lyft president and co-founder John Zimmer.

Those new updates include “no surprise pickups, knowing your full route before you get in, and a new option to book ahead.”

However, as the nation is still in the grips of the pandemic, new rules have been put in place.

  • All riders and drivers are required to wear masks.
  • Each shared ride will be capped to two separate riders. Shared rides for two people are not available at this time.
  • The front and middle seats must remain empty.
  • Eating and drinking are prohibited during the ride.
  • Riders and drivers can cancel the ride without penalty if anyone in the car fails to follow the rules.

Uber launched a version of UberPool in Australia back in March, but officials from the ride-hailing competitor said they will not re-launch its share option in Philadelphia at this time.

“We’ll explore re-launching Pool when the time is right and will follow the guidelines of health experts,” Uber officials said.

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