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New Way to Get a 'LYFT' in Nashville

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new transportation company adds Nashville to its list of city where the getting a ride around town is just and app and a click away.

Putting a pink furry mustache on the front of her car is certainly not what Katherine Richardson thought her job would involve after graduating from Belmont University, but starting Friday it will be.

Richardson is just one of many who will join a new transportation company coming to Nashville.

Lyft is not a cab service, but something a little different and innovative.

"Lyft is a community of drivers and passengers," said Alma Aldrich who is launching the company in Nashville.

The San Francisco based company in early 2012 and Nashville is the 19th city to get the service.

In order to get a ride or "Lyft", customers will have to download an app on your smartphone, put in your credit card information and give the app access to your Facebook page.

Aldrich explains the process saying when a passenger requests a ride: they will just have to pull up the Lyft app up on their phone.

The passenger will then see a picture of the driver and their car once a ride is requested.

You will have to submit your credit card information, because no cash money is exchanged from the driver and the passenger, and access to your Facebook page is also needed for a picture access for the driver.

Aldrich said on the app, the car symbol will show the passenger where the driver is located and how soon they will arrive.

Director of the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission, Billy Fields, said Lyft vehicles have not been inspected by the city.

"We're trying to learn more about Lyft and how they actually operate, in order to determine if they need to licensed by the city," said Fields.

He said as technology and new companies evolve, it takes more time to figure out which guidelines they fall under.

"I encourage people to make sure they are in a licensed vehicle; whether it's the taxi cabs, limousine or the city buses. Make sure it is a vehicle that is safe," said Fields.

Richardson said she thought about her safety before deciding to become a Lyft driver.

"Oh I've definitely thought about that and I've really been able to ask a lot of questions to the Lyft team and they've got an incredible safety policy that really protects not only the passenger, but the driver as well," she said.

Money is not exchanged from passenger and driver as a safety measure.

Lyft does not own a fleet of cars, so each driver is the owner of their car. All cars are inspected and each driver must past federal background checks as well as a background check in every county they have lived.

Lyft can be found in Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, D.C, Seattle, San Francisco and Dallas.

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