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Lyft now offering rides in Tallahassee

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Ridesharing company Lyft earned praise from Tallahassee officials Wednesday after announcing that it was open for business in the capital city.

“Tallahassee was proud to be one of the first cities in the state to approve favorable ridesharing laws, and we are excited that Lyft is now expanding into the Capital City,” said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. “So many areas of Florida have benefitted from the opportunities that ridesharing represents, for both passengers and drivers.

Gillum’s sentiment was echoed by Leon County Commissioner John Dailey and Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Sue Dick, who said Lyft’s arrival “shows that Tallahassee remains at the cutting edge.”

Jaime Raczka, Lyft’s head of early stage markets and expansion, said the company is “excited to bring Lyft’s affordable, reliable rides to Tallahassee. Whether you use Lyft while enjoying a night out in Midtown, coming home from a Seminole game, or rushing to a meeting downtown, we look forward to being a part of the Capital City community for years to come.”

Lyft, like competitor Uber, allows customers to book rides that are less expensive than traditional taxis through a mobile app.

One of the few major differences between the two transportation networks companies is Lyft has an in-app option to tip your driver. The company said drivers have brought in more than $150 million in tips since Lyft started up.

As part of the expansion into Tallahassee, the company is offering riders $5 off their first ride if they use the code LYFTLOVE17. Lyft is also encouraging those interested in driving to view the “Drive with Lyft” page on its website.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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