Lyft, a ride-sharing service that uses a smartphone app to match drivers and fares, began operating in Kansas City Thursday night and continues to operate in St. Louis despite a court order that it stop. The service, already set up in 36 metro areas, announced on its website that it was expanding into 24 others.
Ride-sharing services operate through local drivers who use their own cars to respond to ride requests transmitted through the company’s mobile app. Lyft competes in larger markets with Uber and Sidecar, and its cars stand out thanks to big pink mustaches drivers attach to the grille of their cars.
In St. Louis, the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission sought an injunction against Lyft after the company failed to apply for a dispatch license. The St. Louis Circuit Court granted the injunction, which Lyft apparently ignored.