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Penn State & Lyft Partner To Launch Discounted Late-Night Ride Service

Penn State is partnering with Lyft to provide discounted late-night rides to students through a new safe-ride program.

Each month, students are eligible for eight $10-per-ride credits for late-night trips from downtown State College back to campus. The program will run on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.

The program will run until the end of May and then be evaluated for further funding.

According to Penn State, the program’s rides need to begin and end within these areas:

  • Pickup service area: off campus between College Avenue, University Drive, Bellaire Avenue, Hamilton Avenue and Buckhout Street.
  • Drop-off service area: on campus between Park Avenue, University Drive, College Avenue and White Course Apartments.

A full service area map is available here.

Students should’ve received an email from Lyft with instructions on how to enroll in the Ride Smart program. 

Penn State said its partnership with Lyft is another effort to keep students safe at night.

“The [program] will hopefully provide some additional peace of mind to students and their families that safe transportation options are available to students when needed,” said Cecily Zhu, sustainable transportation program manager for Penn State Transportation Services.

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