Lyft FLEX – Flexible Commute Pilot Program

Lyft FLEX commute

UC San Diego Transportation Services is excited to announce a partnership with Lyft that offers a new option to meet your transportation needs!

To complement existing alternative commuting programs for the Winter 2018 quarter, students, staff and faculty can now purchase one of two Flex Commute options and receive additional Lyft FLEX credits. As part of Lyft FLEX, eligible commuters will receive free parking permits to meet their daily commuting needs.

Eligibility – Now Includes Faculty & Staff!

All career faculty and staff and students who have paid quarterly registration fees are eligible for the one-time, Winter 2018 Lyft FLEX Commute program. UC San Diego Extension students and visiting scholars are not eligible for Lyft FLEX.

Note: Students who choose to participate in Lyft FLEX will not be eligible to purchase a quarterly or annual parking permit.

Get the Lyft App

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Purchase Lyft FLEX

Purchase one of the two Lyft FLEX commute options online only with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cash or student account.

  • Lyft FLEX 195 = $180
    • Receive $195 Lyft credits valid through August 31, 2018
    • Eligible commuters receive 5 days of free parking*
  • Lyft FLEX 390 = $360
    • Receive $390 Lyft credits valid through August 31, 2018
    • Eligible commuters receive 10 days of free parking*
Credits and parking days are non-transferable and non-refundable; unused Lyft credits and parking days will not rollover.

*The free permits incentive only applies to commuters who do not have a parking permit or other parking restriction.

Free Parking Days

To redeem your free parking days, eligible commuters must:

  • Allow one business day after purchase to access Transportation Services’ online sales system
  • Select the day to purchase a permit on demand
  • Have your license plate number and a printer to complete the transaction and print your permit

Using Lyft FLEX

 Lyft app

  1. At the end of your Lyft FLEX purchase, you will receive a Lyft code on your receipt along with a confirmation email sent to your address.
    • New Lyft Users: Download the Lyft app for iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. You will be asked to enter your mobile phone number and you will be prompted to create an account. Use your email address.
    • Existing Lyft Users: Make sure to update to the latest version of the app. Follow the instructions to activate your Lyft FLEX credits and link your email address to your existing Lyft account by adding it on the Lyft app Settings menu. 
  2. Verify your email address.
  3. Enter the Lyft code provided on your purchase receipt using the Lyft app Promos menu.
    • If you didn’t receive your email receipt with your Lyft FLEX purchase code, contact Transportation Services at
  4. Once you enter the code, the Lyft FLEX credits will be activated and applied automatically to your account.
    • You can verify your balance in the Lyft app.
    • Credits will automatically apply to any rides you take during the Winter 2018 Quarter.
    • Once you activate your account, make sure you request Lyft rides and your account is set to Personal mode.
  5. Use your credits by August 31, 2018.

Tip: Using Lyft Line allows you to maximize your Lyft credits. Lyft Line is a carpooling option that matches riders heading in the same direction and you can pay up to 60% less (overall ride times are slightly longer with this option). You are able to bring one other person in your party.

Safety Tips

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  • Pair up by traveling with a friend.
  • Verify your driver and vehicle. Once you have requested a Lyft ride, you can view the driver’s rating. When your ride arrives, make sure the driver’s photo, license plate number and vehicle description match. Never take a ride you did not request or get into a car that doesn't’t match the details the Lyft app provides.
  • Share your estimated arrival time by using the Lyft “share your ETA” function that allows you to invite friends to see your trip in real-time. The app will draft a text message that you can share with friends that includes your ETA and a link to a live map that allows them to track your trip. You can also call a friend or family member and stay on the phone while you’re in the vehicle.


Contact Commute Solutions.