Lyft, UT announce partnership providing free, late-night rides to students

AUSTIN - The University of Texas at Austin Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), along with Lyft, announced a partnership with the fast-growing rideshare company on Thursday in which they'll be bringing free late-night rides to students at UT.

Dubbed the SURE Ride Program, students and staff members will now be able to use the Lyft app to request a ride from campus to their homes from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week.

"The safety of our students, faculty and staff is the first priority of The University of Texas at Austin," said Bobby Stone, PTS director, in a press release. "SURE Ride offers our Longhorn community free, safe transportation during the nighttime hours."

Riders who participate in the program will be able to request a ride from the main campus and can be dropped off only at residential locations including houses, apartments, condos and private dorms located off campus. These rides will be provided at no charge, according to Lyft and PTS.

"It's a tremendous opportunity to partner with UT Austin to provide safe and reliable rides to Longhorn students, faculty and staff," added Aaron Fox, general manager for Lyft in Austin, in the release. "This program will enhance campus safety and create a more efficient transportation system for getting Longhorns home late at night."

The program qualifies residential areas that are served by the following shuttle routes: West Campus (642), Lake Austin (663), Crossing Place (670), North Riverside (671), Lake Shore (672), Red River (653), Intramural Fields (656), and Far West (661).

More information on the program can be found here.

UT Austin's Student Government also offers a similar service called SURE Walk to students, in which Longhorns can hail volunteer companionship when walking across campus from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week. The SURE Walk program, now featuring golf cart rides, received a boost in popularity last year when actor Matthew McConaughey volunteered to drive a few students around.

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