Lyft Wants You to Carpool Again, Mask Optional

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Lyft will bring back its carpooling service to five cities in May.
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In yet another indication that the U.S. is over the covid-19 pandemic—although health officials state it is by no means over yet—Lyft announced on Thursday that it was bringing back carpooling to five cities this month: San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Las Vegas, and Atlanta. The ride hailing company plans to relaunch the service to even more markets later in 2022.

In a blog post, Lyft said that shared rides, which offer some of its most affordable fares, will look a little different than users remember. Shared ride requests will be limited to one passenger, the company explained, which means that users won’t be able to book a carpool for two people at the same time, as used to be the case. Each carpool will have two passengers max. In addition, users can now book a shared ride in advance, which could lower the fare.