Lyft Redesign Makes Ride-Sharing and Transit Options Easier to Access

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Lyft is undergoing a revamp. Among the new changes to the ride-hailing company’s app is an increased focus on ways riders can lower the cost of their trips.

Lyft Line — the app’s shared-ride feature — is being rebranded as Lyft Shared and will be displayed more prominently to users on the app. Sharing a ride with strangers taking similar routes reduces the cost for riders.

After users select their destination, the newly designed app will now show price comparisons of different types of rides — including shared rides — on one screen. According to Wired, those using the shared-ride feature may now have to walk to the next block or so to minimize driver detours and shorten the length of the trip.

Lyft’s new redesign may also prompt riders at the beginning of their route to share a detour-free ride with a nearby passenger going to the same location. For instance, you could share a ride with someone leaving the same concert as you who just happens to live down the block from your home.

According to the company, Lyft riders currently use the shared-ride feature more than 30% of the time in available markets, but Lyft wants 50% of all trips to be shared rides by the end of 2020.

Lyft is also partnering with mass-transit companies to integrate information about public transit routes into the app. Lyft says it has inked partnerships with more than 25 public-transit agencies. It will start off with the Transportation Authority of Marin in Marin County, California, and the Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, California.

Riders will be able to more easily plan their trips using a mix of Lyft services and public transportation to save money. For example, you could take Lyft to the nearest bus stop and then take a bus, at a lower cost, to your destination.

Lyft has already begun the rollout of its redesign. It should be available to all users by the end of June.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.