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article imageUber and Lyft to offer free or discounted rides to polls

By Owen Weldon     Nov 8, 2016 in Business
Election Day is hear and for those who need a ride, a few companies are offering free or discounted options. Uber, Lyft and Zipcar are a few of them.
Uber and Google has teamed up to create an in-app feature. The feature is to help voters finding their polling place and then getting them there. The company said people around the country has an important decision and they want to make it easy for them to get to their polling place.
Select Lyft users will be eligible for a 45 percent discount off their trip to the polls. However, getting back from the polling place will cost riders the full amount. Lyft said customers would be receiving emails on Sunday night, if they are located in an eligible area, which includes Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas to name a few.
Zipcar will allow members to get a free rental. The company will make thousands of cars available to rent for free between six in the evening to ten at night.
Kate Binette, spokeswoman for Zipcar, said they have more than 900 cars in the Bay area alone that members can reserve for free. She added that this was a huge amount of their cars in the area. There are around 1100 vehicles in the Bay area.
Another spokeswoman, Katelyn Chesley, for Zipcar said there will be 26 cars available to rent for free in stations in Detroit. One station is located at Metro Airport, three in Dearborn, one in Flint and 43 in Ann Arbor.
Maven, General Motors' ride-sharing company, will also make it easier for people to get to the polls. All day long, they will be offering $5 off rides.
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