Lyft comes to Bismarck

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Lyft is a big-city concept that's finally made it to Bismarck and other North Dakota cities.

Less than a week old, it's already creating a buzz.

"It'll give an opportunity for patrons downtown and of events and such to have another option. They're great. They're super easy," said Heidi Ripplinger, advocate of ride-sharing apps.

Here's how it works:

You can download Lyft on your phone, and it'll ask you for a credit or debit card number. There is no cash exchanged in the cars.

Once you have the app downloaded, and your credit card in the system, it's pretty simple from there. Just type in your current location, and then the destination that you want to end up at. It will let you know how many drivers are in the area and how many are available.

Once you hit set pickup, it will let you know how far away your Lyft driver is.

"I think our patrons will feel more comfortable coming out knowing that they can get home safely, and in an effective, timely manner," said Gwen Jones, manager of Elbow Room.

Elbow Room customer Shaun Eisenbeisz is already a fan of the app, and says it's more efficient than taking a taxi.

"Even if it's more expensive, I will end up using it because I rather get home faster than waiting out in the cold, said Eisenbeisz.

And others say it's another employment opportunity.

"I like the aspect of people being able to make some money on the side, and get people around safely and stuff," said Jarrod Kastrow, JL Beers manager.

Although there are less than a dozen Lyft drivers in Bismarck, some say they're just excited to have another form of transportation available. ​

The app also debuted in Grand Forks and Fargo last week.