Good news for those who find it beneficial to share car rides. This May, Lyft is bringing back shared rides to San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Las Vegas and Atlanta. That being said, the company added that other markets will also benefit from the smaller fare service later this year.
The carpooling service was put on hold in March 2020, when the pandemic began and people were too scared of sharing a ride – for obvious reasons. The company tried a limited shared rides service in Chicago, Denver, and Philadelphia last summer to test the waters.
By bringing back the shared rides, the company hopes to raise its earnings, which were affected during the pandemic. Lyft rides have been more expensive than ever due to a continued driver shortage that has naturally led to increased demand fees.
On Thursday, the company said that shared rides would be optional for drivers through 2022. Uber also ditched its Uber Pool service back in March 2020 and has brought it back this last fall.