The ride-sharing service Lyft will launch operations in Tuscaloosa and four other Alabama cities Thursday afternoon.

According to a company news release, Lyft drivers will be available in Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery at noon Thursday. Their services are already available in Alabaster and Birmingham.

“Lyft has spent the first three months of 2017 bringing better transportation options to cities across the country,” said Jaime Raczka, head of early stage markets and expansion. “Today, we are excited about continuing this growth and bringing safe, friendly and reliable ridesharing to new communities.”

Lyft works similarly to Uber, which officially launched in Tuscaloosa last summer, and allows people looking for a ride to request one with the touch of a button on a smartphone app. After the service kicks off at noon Thursday, users can enter the code “LYFTLOVE17” on the app to get $5 off their first ride in town.

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