Lyft will begin service in Tuscaloosa starting at noon on March 23 and to celebrate, new passengers can use the code LYFTLOVE17 to receive $5 off their first Lyft ride. 

Similar to Uber, Lyft is a transportation network company that allows people the ability to request and pay for a safe ride to their destination by using the app on their Android or iOS phone.

Once your pickup is confirmed, the app shows the driver's name, ratings by past passengers, and photos of the driver and car. You'll also see a map of the area and location of the car you requested.

Here's how Lyft Works:

  1. Request: Whether you're riding solo or with friends, you've got options. Just tap request and a driver's there.
  2. Ride: After just a few taps in the Lyft app, a carefully-screened driver will be on their way to you - just set your pickup point.
  3. Pay: When the ride ends, just pay and rate your driver through your phone.

In a press release, Lyft's head of early stage markets and expansion Jaime Raczka said,

Lyft has spent the first three months of 2017 bringing better transportation options to cities across the country. Today, we are excited about continuing this growth and bringing safe, friendly and reliable ridesharing to new communities.

Lyft service in Tuscaloosa will begin at 12 noon on Thursday. Download the app to get started or click here to learn more.