Here's a look at the new features....
Sharing the ride
Line rides will now be part of a larger ride type called Lyft Shared rides. Lyft has set a goal to make Shared rides account for 50% of all trips on the Lyft platform by the end of 2020. Passengers already select Shared rides more than 30% of the time in markets where they’re available. With the new version of the app, it's seen up to a 5% increase in Shared rides.
Integrating with public transit
The new version of the app integrates directly with public transit to solve transportation challenges including: providing late-night service, filling first-mile and last-mile gaps, providing access to transportation deserts, and delivering on-demand paratransit solutions.
Lyft says it's partnered with transit agencies before but is now taking it's partnerships to the next level. The company has partnerships with over 25 cities and counties in the US. The first two integrations with the app are coming to Marin County and Santa Monica, California through partnerships with the Transportation Authority of Marin and the Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica.
“Transportation today is being transformed by technology. Lyft is at the forefront of this transformation proving that if you make alternatives to driving yourself as convenient and reliable as possible, people will use it. I'm thrilled to see Lyft bring transit into their app to complement transit systems and give people even more options to get around without use of their own vehicle — the key to reducing traffic congestion,” said Mary E. Peters, former US Secretary of Transportation.
Simplifying your experience
The new version of the Lyft app starts by asking where you're going and then quickly provides the best ride options.
By making price and time comparison clear, it's easy to find the best choice for you. We've also added a "one tap to ride" feature so you can quickly request your most frequent ride types and destinations. To help reduce congestion, you’ll also start to see more practical pickup and drop-off spots in heavily trafficked areas, like Valencia Street in San Francisco. Earlier this year, we partnered with local officials to test a Valencia Street experience that diverted over 20,000 pickups to side streets where it’s safer for drivers to stop. We’ll be rolling out similar programs across our markets.
The redesigned app is already live for millions and will be fully rolled out by the end of next month. You can download Lyft from the App Store for free.