DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The University of North Texas, the Denton County Transportation Authority and Lyft launched a new pilot service that will provide students with “safe and reliable on-demand service after hours when they travel” in what’s called, the UNT Lyft Zone.

The program began Friday, August 17, 2018, and will end Saturday, December 15, 2018.

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The pilot program provides students traveling within the specified UNT Lyft Zone with a free Lyft ride. The service is available from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week.

The UNT Lyft Zone includes three campus areas: Main Campus, Oak Street Hall and Victory Hall/Mean Green Village, in addition to areas around Fry Street.

Lyft ride (courtesy: Lyft)

“As with any service offered on campus, we hope to give the students the alternatives they need to have safe and reliable methods of transportation while they’re on UNT campus. Additionally, this leverages our partnership with DCTA and makes the most economical use of the student Transportation Fee, which has not increased in 15 years,” said Chris Phelps, UNT Senior Director of Transportation Services.

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UNT’s E-Ride service will remain available from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

To participate in the program, students must download the Lyft mobile app. Once the app is downloaded and a personal user account has been established, students can follow the instructions below to access the program benefits:

In the Lyft app, click on your photo in the top left of the screen and then select “Promos.”
Enter the promo code UNTRIDEFALL18 to enroll in the discount program. This is the only time a user must enter the code to enroll in the program for the semester.
Users will be able to view the program terms in the Promo section, including how many rides they have left in the current month. To view the UNT Lyft Zone, users can select “view coverage area” in the promotional section.
The free ride discount will be automatically applied to an eligible trip before it’s requested. In addition, the discount will be automatically applied every time a user takes an eligible trip within the designated UNT Lyft Zone during the program service hours. More program information can be found here

“We are excited to be partnering with DCTA and UNT to offer this unique, late-night service program,” said Yohan Bobcombe, Market Manager of Lyft Dallas-Fort Worth. Our partnership allows students to get a responsible and reliable ride home during late night hours across campus.”

“Extending our partnership with Lyft to serve UNT aligns with our goal of providing innovative mobility options to meet the growing needs of our partners and the communities we serve,” said Nicole Recker, DCTA Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

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For more information about the new UNT Lyft on-demand pilot service, click here.