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Need a lift? Duke taps Lyft to replace Uber for free ride program

Lyft will now be giving free lifts to members of the Duke community. 

The new partnership will replace Duke's pilot program with Uber to provide free transportation for students and employees to certain locations—including the Shepherd Nature Trail in Duke Forest, the Duke Lemur Center and the Duke Campus Farm. 

Rides will be billed to the University but must begin or end on West, Central or East Campus between 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

According to a news release, Duke community members can obtain an "individualized promotion code" by downloading the Lyft app, creating an account with their Duke email address and signing an electronic waiver found on the Duke Parking website. Riders must complete the waiver once for each campus location.

Area restrictions still limit where taxi services can pick up students from. 

Any app-based transportation service called to the West Campus bus stop, Bryan Center Circle, Research Drive Circle or East Campus bus stop Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. is prohibited. Drivers who violate weekday restrictions are fined $250.

The restrictions were instated as an initiative by Parking and Transportation Services to improve safety in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic. 


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