The George Washington University has partnered with Lyft rideshare service to offer Mount Vernon Campus students with reliable late-night transportation from midnight to 7 a.m. between the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses.
The GW-Lyft program for students living on the Mount Vernon campus launches on Feb. 15, 2022. This free service will provide Mount Vernon Campus students who are 18 and over with up to 30 Lyft rides per month to help them with their late-night commute between campuses.
The Basics: How GW’s Lyft Program for Mount Vernon Students Works
Who is eligible?
- Students living on the Mount Vernon campus during spring 2022.
- Students must be at least 18-years-old to request/order a ride.
- This service is not available to students living on Foggy Bottom who want to visit Mount Vernon Campus. The Mount Vernon Shuttle will continue to run between midnight and 7 a.m. daily. The shuttle will depart from Foggy Bottom to Mount Vernon on the hour and depart from Mount Vernon to Foggy Bottom on the half-hour.
What does this program offer?
- GW-Lyft is a free, reliable late-night transportation option between the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses students can utilize between midnight and 7 a.m.
- Rides between campuses are for standard Lyft rides only, not to be used with Lyft XL.
- Each eligible student receives a pre-loaded set of 30 ride vouchers on the first day of each month during the academic year (August - May)
- Remaining rides do not roll-over from month to month.
- While the ride itself is free, driver tips are not included. A student can add a tip when securing the ride or afterwards through the GW-Lyft app.
- Vouchers cannot be transferred or passed along to another GW student.
When can I use this service?
- GW-Lyft rideshare is available midnight - 7 a.m. daily during the academic year.
- Service during spring break and winter break will be announced closer to those dates.
- Up to three students can share a ride using one voucher.
Is there a specific location on the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campus to go for my Lyft pick-up?
Rides must start or end within one of these designated pick-up and drop-off locations:
Foggy Bottom Locations
- Tompkins Hall Front Entrance - 725 23rd St NW
- Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station entrance - 2301 I Street, NW
- University Student Center - corner of 21st & H Street, NW
- Elliott School Building front entrance - 1957 E St, NW
- Flagg Building/Corcoran School - corner of 17th & E Street, NW
Mount Vernon Campus Locations
- Mount Vernon Campus entrance on Whitehaven Parkway
- Academic Building - Lower Quad
How to Sign-Up
The GW-Lyft rideshare program is currently available only to students who live on the Mount Vernon campus during Spring 2022.
Eligible students received an email invitation from Lyft Business with instruction on how to sign-up and activate their monthly set of vouchers. If you are a student who is living on the Mount Vernon campus (Spring 2022) and you did not receive an invitation, please email [email protected] to request your invitation be resent.
Tips For Riding Smart with Lyft:
- Verify your ride by making sure the license plate number, driver information, and car make and model match what you see in the app.
- Ask the driver to say who they are picking up. If they don’t say your name, don’t get into the car.
- Share your location and route with a friend or loved one from within the Lyft app so they can follow your ride in real-time. Learn how to set this up in your app.
- Follow the Lyft vehicle on GPS via the app.
- Ride share with your friends. Up to three students can ride together using one voucher.
- Use Lyft’s in-app emergency assistance tools.
- Learn more about how to ride smart with Lyft.
Lyft’s Health Safety Program
In response to COVID-19, Lyft launched a Health Safety Program, which includes:
- Personal health certification for drivers and riders
- Required face masks for drivers and riders
- Health safety education for drivers and riders
- Distribution of cleaning supplies and masks for drivers
- Read more about the program on the Lyft website.
Lyft Accessibility Guidelines
Drivers are required by law and Lyft’s policy to transport riders who use foldable mobility devices. Drivers are required to assist riders in the storage of their mobility devices, unless physically unable to do so.
Mobility devices include the following:
- Foldable wheelchair
- Foldable walker
- Foldable scooter
- Canes, crutches and other smaller assistive device
- You can read more about this on the Lyft website.
Additional Program Information
- If you request a ride that doesn’t meet the criteria (ie: request a Lyft XL instead of Standard Lyft or request a pick-up at a non-designated spot), the GW issued ride voucher cannot be used and will not be shown on your ride confirmation screen. You will pay out of pocket.
- Prices may be impacted by distance, traffic, time of day, special events, and prime time surcharges.
- Students are encouraged to tip their drivers for all rides. However please note that any tips will not be covered by GW and will be paid for by each individual rider. However please note that any tips will not be covered by GW and will be paid for by each individual rider.
- GW-Lyft program details for Fall 2022 will be provided to students in late August along with other back-to-school information.