App-Based Ride Service Comes To St. Louis

Ride-sharing service Lyft is scheduled for its St. Louis launch on Friday. | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Ride-sharing service Lyft is scheduled for its St. Louis launch on Friday. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

A San Francisco tech company that allows users of its software application to request rides from company-approved drivers will launch in St. Louis on Friday. Lyft has interviewed between 700 and 800 potential drivers leading up to the launch.

Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen said the company’s peer-to-peer business model does not fall into the existing regulations for taxis or for-hire vehicles set forth by the Metropolitan St. Louis Taxicab Commission, which has previously blocked app-dispatched car services such as Uber from coming to town.

“Many residents in St. Louis rely on their own personal cars to get around,” Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen said. “We believe that Lyft will help to fill a gap in transportation solutions, bring communities together and allow residents and visitors to be more flexible when it comes to exploring different neighborhoods within the city and finding a safe, reliable and affordable ride wherever they’re headed.”

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