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Amtrak Partners With Car Ride-Share Operator Lyft in Shared Trip Promotion

The Amtrak national passenger rail system said it is working with rideshare company Lyft to offer Amtrak riders discounts on Lyft rides to and from train stations.

"We know most trips don't start or end at an Amtrak station," the rail operator said in an Aug. 1 news release. "This exciting partnership with Lyft is one of the ways we are working to make it easier for travelers to get where they're going in a safe, comfortable and convenient way."

capitol0816.jpgRail customers can now use Amtrak's mobile app to access the Lyft app to request a ride, and new users of Lyft will receive $5 off for each of their first four Lyft rides by using an Amtrak promotional code.

The offer covers both Amtrak's long-distance trains and its state-supported routes, to cover 46 states in all.

For instance, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced that passengers on its Hoosier State train can take advantage of the Lyft connection and rideshare discounts, along with riders of Amtrak's long-distance Cardinal, Capital Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains that operate in Indiana.

"Lyft operates in more than 360 communities across the U.S.," Amtrak said, "covering 80 percent of the U.S. population and reaching 97 percent of Amtrak riders. This partnership allows for a seamless end-to-end travel experience from your doorstep to an Amtrak station."

Jason Molfetas, executive vice president for marketing and business development for Amtrak, said: "We are focused on improving the customer experience, and this is one way we are working to make your entire journey as seamless and enjoyable as possible."

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