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Lyft service available in Opelika

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

A new service is at the fingertips of residents in Opelika, as they now have a new way to get around town.

Lyft filed for a business license and is now a new service offered in the city.

This began with a push from Uber for Opelika to allow ridesharing businesses to operate in the city. Lyft applied for a business license soon after the council passed an ordinance, while Uber has not yet filed for one.

Now anyone in need of a ride while in Opelika can use the Lyft app. Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller says that not having a ridesharing service has caused problems in the past, but now the city is on the right track.

"Part of the situation we were having, is we have so many folks from Auburn that come to downtown Opelika to our great restaurants. They would take Uber over here but then Uber couldn't take them home legally. So it was a problem, but now problem solved, and we're recommending Lyft for folks," said Fuller.

Businesses are hoping to see an increase in sales as travelers and residents have a new option to get around town, but for Fuller, it's all about safety.

"If they're going to drink they should have a designated driver. Unfortunately that doesn't always happen, but with Lyft you don't have to worry about driving. You can come, you can have a good time, and then you have a safe way home," Fuller said.

Lyft and Uber are both operating in Auburn. Drivers who apply for Lyft are screened for a criminal background and driving incidents.

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