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UGA Offers Students Discounted Lyft Rides


The University of Georgia is partnering with ride-hailing service Lyft to offer students half-price rides to and from campus late at night.

UGA committed to spend $1 million a year for three years on the UGA Ride Smart program. That money will subsidize half the cost of rides, up to $5, between campus and anywhere in Athens-Clarke County from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week. Downtown within a block of the Arch is considered to be campus. Students will be eligible for four discounted rides per month. An email will provide instructions on signing up.

Night bus service will not be affected, according to a university news release, nor will the Designated Dawgs ride service. Students are still encouraged to use night buses.

The new program is part of an $8.5 million safety initiative UGA announced last month after a spate of armed robberies targeting students. It includes installing more lighting and security cameras as well as hiring 10 additional campus police officers.