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Chamber offering seminar as ridesharing service Lyft expands to Cullman area

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CULLMAN - Catching a lift is about to get a whole lot easier in the Cullman area.

Months after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s signing of statewide ridesharing legislation, Lyft is preparing to expand to Cullman County. One of the nation’s most popular ridesharing services, Lyft allows for one-time shared rides to quickly be arranged and paid for through a smartphone app.

While Lyft is clearly convenient from a rider perspective, it will also be beneficial for those interested in becoming drivers. Lyft Executive Ambassador and Memphis Operations Captain Jack Eastep will address the latter at a Lyft seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center. The informational session will start at noon in the Walmart DC Room and allow for Eastep to sign up prospective Lyft drivers on the spot.

Reservations for the seminar are encouraged and can be made by contacting 256-734-0454 or info@cullmanchamber.org.

Chamber Director of Entrepreneurship & Education Wesley Smith reached out to Eastep about bringing Lyft to the Cullman area almost immediately after Gov. Ivey passed the statewide ridesharing bill in early March.

“The addition of ridesharing in the Cullman area will not only provide much-needed transportation for our young professionals, but for all citizens who choose to use the service,” said Smith.

Added Chamber President & CEO Leah Bolin, “This will be a significant help in bridging the gap between transportation and jobs for Cullman County.”

In addition to attending the seminar, those interested in becoming local Lyft drivers should contact Smith at wsmith@cullmanchamber.org. Drivers must be at least 21, have had their license for a year, own a smartphone, and pass an extensive background check and DMV check. Vehicles must be 2003 or newer and have four doors and five to eight seats, including the driver’s. Personal insurance is required, and Lyft provides secondary coverage.

For more information, contact Smith at 256-734-0454 or wsmith@cullmanchamber.org.