Lyft is expanding to Toronto, its first global city

Ivan Schwartz
November 14, 2017

It appears Uber will have some fresh competition in the city as popular US ridesharing company Lyft expands to Toronto. "We expect that to happen, and we see it as a city that really shares the value that we have at Lyft - focusing on people taking care of people, treating people well, treating people with mutual respect and promoting both inclusion and diversity".

The company operates in hundreds of US cities and Toronto will be its first worldwide market.

And it's about time: Lyft says more than 50,000 Toronto residents have downloaded the app to date. The company will begin driver recruitment today.

Toronto city council introduced rules to allow the service to operate legally past year. The latter company has served more than 5 billion rides so far in 560 cities, while Lyft only passed the 500 million-ride mark last month.

"There is some pretty high, positive sentiment with Lyft", he added.

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Uber also considered pulling out of Quebec.

The ride-hailing service announced Monday it will start offering service in Toronto by the holidays, though it didn't specify an exact date.

Uber has argued the 35-hour provision hurts the firm's model of employing part-time and casual workers, who couldn't even try the service without the training. But Lyft won't say which city is next.

Lyft will serve the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and plans to launch by the end of the year.

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