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Pink mustaches on cars signal arrival of ride-sharing Lyft

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Cars donned with bright pink mustaches attached to their grills have been filling the streets of Nashville in recent weeks. They are part of a new car-share program called Lyft, and there's no set fare for passengers.

The next time you need a lift, Stephanie Hall could be the one picking you up.

She is a mom of two and is one of the founding drivers for Lyft. The donation-based car sharing app arrived to Nashville in December.

Lyft is now available in 19 cities, including Atlanta and Los Angeles. But, Lyft organizers say Nashville has become its most successful service area by threefold.

In fact, there have been so many requests for rides, at first, the drivers couldn't keep up.

"There were days when we were missing 20 to 30 rides because we were just so busy. And, in the beginning, there weren't enough drivers," Hall said.

James Hughes used the Lyft app for a ride Friday from Nashville International Airport to east Nashville.

"I don't have a car, so, you know, I have to share," Hughes said.

Hughes says he prefers Lyft to public transportation.

"There are buses here, and I use them. But it's really inconvenient to use buses in Nashville," he said.

Lyft gives passengers a recommended donation, about 30 percent less than cab companies charge.

One of the big differences between a cab and Lyft is that the app is connected through Facebook, so riders know who their driver is.

"The company does a criminal background check, in-person interview, then a mentor will interview the car also," Hall said.

Hall said she feels safe behind the wheel because the app also links to the passengers' Facebook and credit card information.

"I've had my fair share of intoxicated issues between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., but not a single issue," she said.

Lyft only charges one app per ride, so it's less expensive to share a Lyft with another passenger.

If passengers don't give a donation within 24 hours, the app does charge the recommended amount.

To see more about Lyft, visit: http://www.lyft.me/cities.

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