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2 ride share apps find success in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

In just a few short weeks, two ride share apps are finding a market in Nashville, offering transportation alternatives.

After a night of partying, spending money, and having a good time, city officials don't want to hear that people have a hard time finding cabs.

So two ride share startups, Lyft and Uber, decided to fill the niche just in time for New Year's Eve.

Lyft is marked by cars with pink mustaches attached to the front grill.  Customers are all over the spectrum.

"We're finding that it's every age group. For example, I have an attorney who has allowed me to pick up his children at school," said Joyce, a Lyft driver.

The shared-ride programs allow drivers to decide their own schedule.

"If I want to work four hours one day and none the next, I can do that; come in peak times, be off when my wife is home, kids are home," said Jonathan Blayney, a driver for Uber.

Both companies require drivers to have their own respectable, clean car and driving history.  They also can't have a criminal history.

Both are app driven, too, meaning their services are made available through smartphones.

In just a few weeks, Lyft and Uber have found a high demand for people of all ages, from college students to the elderly.

"Take them to their doctor's appointment, or back home or to their dentist, or whatever is needed, or grocery shopping.  That's a service we like to provide and that's the clientele we're hoping to serve here in the area," Joyce explained.

No problems have been reported and it's a honor system that goes both ways.

"We have the control of our vehicle.  Basically, if we feel uncomfortable with where they want to go or with the person, we can refuse the ride. You know, safety's number one for us and our costumers," Blayney said.

Lyft works off donations and tips, while Uber works off a rate per mile, factoring in speed.

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