SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit has expanded its Lyft ridesharing program for residential commuters and downtown employees by 20 percnet -- from 250 to 300 participants. The program, the first of its kind in New Jersey, was implemented in October 2016 o alleviate parking congestion in municipal parking lots and garages near the NJ Transit Summit Station.

The program sees Summit residents with prepaid parking permits eligible for free rides to and from the train station or a place of employment in the downtown during weekday commuting hours; residents without prepaid permits will be eligible for $2 rides, the sum equivalent to the cost of the City’s $4 daily parking.

Trips must begin or end within Summit and be completed Monday through Friday between the hours of 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.

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Participants are able to schedule rides with Lyft drivers a minimum of 30 minutes and up to seven days in advance. Program hours were previously expanded to 11 p.m. to allow for greater flexibility in commuting options. The location for evening pickup is at 40 Railroad Avenue on the Broad Street side of the train station.

To participate, residents are instructed to download the Lyft mobile application and set up a Lyft account. To enroll, visit cityofsummit.org/ridesharing.