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Lyft debuting subscription service, rides to Fort Meade

Lyft is launching a $200 subscription service called “Lyft Pass” for up to 30 discounted rides, and the ride-share company is inviting hundreds of its top-rated Baltimore-area drivers to apply for credentials to give rides to and from Fort Meade.

The Lyft Pass, which will roll out in Baltimore and other markets in the coming weeks, will offer a $15 discount on up to 30 rides. Riders who receive an emailed invitation will be able to request a spot on the wait list, and the company will notify them if a pass becomes available for purchase.

The yearlong Fort Meade credentials will use the same system as delivery companies that serve the National Security Administration’s headquarters in Anne Arundel County, said Mike Heslin, Lyft’s market manager for Baltimore.

When someone calls a Lyft on the base, the request will go only to credentialed drivers, he said.

“Fort Meade has been a great partner in developing a system that works for everyone,” Heslin said. “We’ve been in talks with them for a few months.”

Both new initiatives are designed to extend Lyft’s offerings and make transportation more convenient, he said.

“People are looking for new ways to get around and new ways to consume transportation,” he said.

A previous version of this article included the incorrect discount being offered by the Lyft Pass. It's a $15 discount. The Sun regrets the error.
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