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Lyft offers free rides, Uber Eats suspends service in area as storm approaches

Lyft will offer free rides to shelters as Hurricane Florence approaches Hampton Roads. (WYDaily/File photo)
Lyft will offer free rides to shelters as Hurricane Florence approaches Hampton Roads. (WYDaily/File photo)

For those trying to find their way to safety in Hampton Roads in the midst of Hurricane Florence chaos, there are still options for transportation thanks to Lyft and other services.

Lyft, an on-demand rideshare service, is offering free rides up to $15 to official local shelters in Hampton Roads until 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. To use the service, register for the app on your smart device and use the code ‘VAFLORENCE’18.’

Shelters are available in all three Greater Williamsburg localities:

York

City of Williamsburg

James City County

Uber, Lyft’s main competitor, has encouraged its drivers to make safety a priority as the storm approaches.

“Due to Hurricane Florence, we strongly advise our riders, driver-partners, and Uber Eats partners to make safety a priority as the storm approaches. We encourage all to monitor local weather updates, adhere to state and local emergency procedures, and stay off the roads during extreme inclement weather,” the company said in a statement on their blog.

Uber suspended all Uber Eats operations in Hampton Roads on Tuesday, according to Uber representative Nicholas Zabriskie.

WYDaily has a list of updated transportation options in Greater Williamsburg here.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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