Lyft Torero Ride

Already used your two AS Lyft codes? Scary Date? Too much to drink? Car broke down? Lyft Torero Ride is here! 
The Lyft Torero Ride program is a partnership between Associated Students, the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, and the Department of Public Safety that was created to give current USD students a ride to campus, to their residence, or to a location that they need to get to for urgent, medical, or other needed purposes. 

To use a Lyft Torero Ride:

  1. You must have or download the Lyft application to your mobile device and create an account. You do not need to be logged into Lyft with your e-mail address in order to use the Torero Ride program. You are not geographically bound to any geo-fenced area.
  2. Call Public Safety Dispatch at (619) 260-7777 and ask for a Lyft Torero Ride code. You will then need to provide your first/last name and USD ID number. Public Safety will then provide you with a unique code that will cover your ride*. 
  3. In the “Promos” section of the Lyft app, enter the code provided by Public Safety.

Safety Tips for Using a Rideshare App:

  • Ride with Friends: There is greater safety in numbers so when possible plan to ride with at least one other person to your destination. If you are requesting a ride to help get an intoxicated person home, ride with them! Help to ensure they get home safely.
  • Request Your Ride Inside: If possible, wait safely indoors while watching your app for the arrival of your driver.
  • Check Your Driver's Rating: Rideshare apps will display your potential driver’s ratings ahead of their arrival. Ratings are used to determine overall quality and safety so if you’re uncomfortable with the rating, cancel your ride and call another.
  • Confirm Your Ride Upon Arrival: Rideshare apps will share with you the vehicle make/model, license plate, and driver's name and photo for your ride. Pause before getting in to verify that you are getting into the specific vehicle sent for you. If something doesn't match up, don't get in. 
  • Avoid Riding in the Front Seat: If you’re riding alone, choose to sit in the backseat. This ensures you have the option of exiting either side of the vehicle after it safely stops to avoid moving traffic and gives you and your driver some personal space.
  • Share Your Trip Details: Rideshare apps have an option to share your ride with others. Tap this option and a text message will be sent to family or friends with a link to your current route and location.
  • Follow Your Own Trip: Follow the map along your journey to ensure you are headed where you intend to go. 
  • Trust Your Gut: If something doesn't feel right, you can always request for your ride to end mid-trip. Ask to be dropped off at the nearest location you feel safe such as a well-lit and open business. If you're on the road and your personal safety is threatened or you are in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately. 
  • Don't Share Personal Information: Rideshare apps manage everything and there is never a reason to share personal information with a driver.
  • Share Feedback: After your ride, share honest feedback through the app's review feature about your trip and driver to help create a safer ridesharing community.


*Promotional code covers up to $50 toward your ride. If you need additional ride support, please discuss with Public Safety.