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Lyft and UC San Diego Establish First Comprehensive University Partnership in Nation

Includes Student, Staff and Faculty Commuter Packages, Safe Rides, Coordination with UC San Diego Health and More

San Diego CA—The University of California San Diego and Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., have forged a partnership aimed at developing innovative commuter solutions to meet the university’s evolving transportation needs.

UC San Diego is the first university in the nation to engage in a comprehensive partnership with Lyft.  Since launching recently, UC San Diego and Lyft have implemented programs designed to improve access to the campus and medical centers, increase safety, reduce transportation costs, and support university programs, and simplify business operations.

Through the partnership, the campus community has access to UC San Diego-specific programs including alternative commuter options, safe rides for students, patient transport, designated pick-up and drop-off locations, direct billing for business travel, and ride credits for certain university-sponsored events.

“We are pleased to announce this comprehensive partnership with Lyft, which will benefit our entire campus community,” said UC San Diego Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Pierre Ouillet. ““Partnering with Lyft in this way will allow us to offer our students, faculty, staff, patients and campus friends more streamlined access to Lyft as a cost-effective alternative transportation option to access campus and our healthcare facilities.”

UC San Diego and Lyft will continue to innovate, develop and roll-out programs that enhance the campus experience.

“We are excited to bring this major partnership with UC San Diego to life and work together to develop programs that make transportation more accessible and affordable,” said Lyft San Diego Market Manager Hao Meng.” Improving people’s lives with the world’s best transportation is at the core of our business, and we look forward to working alongside UC San Diego to meet its needs.”

About Lyft

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S. and is available to 95 percent of the US population and Toronto, Canada. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities. For more information on Lyft in San Diego, visit

About UC San Diego

At the University of California San Diego, we constantly push boundaries and challenge expectations. Established in 1960, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to take risks and redefine conventional wisdom. Today, as one of the top 15 research universities in the world, we are driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth and make our world a better place. Learn more at