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Lyft Rides for CSM Students


College of San Mateo offers current CSM students one free roundtrip ride per day to/from CSM. This program is intended to help address transportation needs by providing on-demand rides for CSM students. The program is made possible through a partnership between CSM and the Lyft ridesharing app.

Getting Started

  1. If you're not a current student, Apply to CSM.
  2. Fill out the registration form including the liability waiver.
  3. CSM will validate your home address and student status.
  4. Once approved, you will receive an email invitation from Lyft Business.
  5. Follow the steps in the email to sign up. Once you click the link and join, the complimentary Lyft Ride allotments will apply to eligible rides during your time as a CSM student.
  6. Don't yet have a Lyft account? Download the app and create an account to get started.


Contact Fauzi Hamadeh at (650) 574-6349 or
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Program Details

  • Effective for the Fall 2023 semester
  • Riders must be over 18 years old to participate
  • Must be enrolled in at least one CSM course
  • Up to 40 rides per month
  • Up to $50 per ride covered by CSM
  • Valid only on Standard rides
  • Must start or end at a designated pick-up/drop-off site
  • Service Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00 am - 10:30 pm, Saturday‑Sunday 7 am ‑ 7 pm

Service Areas

  • Coastside: Door-to-door service for Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, and Montara
  • East Bay: Service to and from campus from Hayward & South Hayward BART Stations
  • Peninsula: Service to and from campus from Belmont and San Carlos CalTrain stations

Additional Program Information

  • This program will be available as long as funding permits and is subject to change or ending early. You will be notified about any changes in the program should they arise.
  • If you request a ride that doesn't meet the criteria, you will not see the discount shown on your ride confirmation screen and you will pay out of pocket.
  • Prices may be impacted by distance, traffic, time of day, special events, and primetime surcharges.
  • College funds used to support student rides will be recorded as financial aid to students.
  • Verify your ride by making sure the license plate number, driver information, and car make and model match what you see in the app.
  • Share your location and route with a friend or loved one from within the Lyft app so they can follow your ride in real-time.
    Follow the Lyft vehicle on GPS via the app.
  • Ask the driver to say who they are picking up.
  • Learn more about how to ride smart with Lyft.

In response to COVID-19, Lyft launched a Health Safety Program, which includes:

  • Personal health certification for drivers and riders
  • Required face masks for drivers and riders
  • Health safety education for drivers and riders
  • Distribution of cleaning supplies and masks for drivers
  • Read more about the Lyft's Health Safety Program
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