Lyft car service arrives in Newport

A car with a pink mustache may be a little over the top, but it gets noticed. That's the mission of Lyft car services. With a premium put on customer service, a driver can be at your door in 15 minutes to take you anywhere you need to go.

And they are as easy as a touch of your cell phone. Lyft has launched service in Newport as of Saturday and a similar service, Uber, launched last week. Representatives say the returns have been good.

Uber customers simply set up an account using their credit cards on their cell phones. Using the Uber app, a customer can order a ride, track the driver's progress, and pay without any cash changing hands.

Lyft is similar, but the fee structure is completely donation based. The Lyft driver will quote a price and you pay it if you can. Be careful though, both companies employ a customer rating system, and reserve the right to not cater to someone with a poor history. Also, customers can rate drivers based on their customer service....

So if you're sick of the bus. scared of the cabs or too cold for a pedi-cab, remember, a friendly ride may be right at your fingertips.

And for first-time Lyft users, download the app and type in the promo code "ALLEN 491" for a free ride up to 25 dollars. For Uber, type in "NEWPORT," and get a free ride up to 20 dollars.