Md. offers $20 Lyft credit to encourage safe NYE rides home

Maryland’s transportation department is looking to help residents make the safe choice when they’re heading home from New Year’s Eve celebrations.

MDOT said in a statement Wednesday that they’re expanding the Lyft rideshare credit, which has been $5 per weekend this month, to $20 to be applied between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. any day between Thursday, Dec. 29, and Monday, Jan. 2.



To use the payment, open the Lyft app, choose “Payment” from the upper left corner, scroll to the “Add Lyft Pass” section and use the code NYEMAKEAPLAN2023.

As of Thursday afternoon, all the codes have been taken, but MDOT said they’re going to keep an eye out over the weekend for how many people actually use the codes “and then reevaluate the number of codes made available.”

MDOT said 975 people have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence between Dec. 1 and Dec. 26. They added that 173 people were killed and more than 2,800 hurt on Maryland roads because of impaired driving.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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