Lyft just announced a major change to its rideshare app. Users can now go 100 miles and rack up $500 in charges, up from the previous limits of 60 miles and $200.
Here’s an excerpt from Lyft’s blog post about the increased mileage and fare limits for ridesharing:
At Lyft, we’re all about going the extra mile. (OK, that was a cheesy driving joke, but it’s relevant!) Effective immediately, Lyft rides can now reach as far as 100 miles with a new per-ride maximum payment of $500. These are up from the previous limits of 60 miles and $200 per ride. If you pick up a passenger whose destination exceeds the 100-mile limit, kindly remind them the Lyft platform was not designed for such extended journeys – they might instead consider taking a seat with Zimride.
I’ll confess to never having heard of Zimride before reading this update from Lyft. But it sounds like a great idea: a matching service for rides longer than the typical Lyft or Uber.
Thinking ahead to winter, I’ve been wondering if there’s a way to marry real-time ridesharing with the traffic to ski resorts here in Colorado. Is there a way to share a ride up to the resorts on I-70, thereby reducing traffic and making money while being a ski bum?
The previous 60 miles/$200 limit isn’t something I’ve had to contend with here in Colorado as a Lyft driver. My most expensive fare was less than $50 and even a trip to Denver International Airport, way out on the Great Plains, won’t come close to either the mileage or fare ceiling. But I think this is smart move by Lyft. Riders may start thinking about the service as a viable alternative to much longer road trips than the typical taxi ride.