Ride hailing service Lyft expanding to Canada

13 November, 2017, 19:16 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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The world's largest ride-hailing company says the money will help the organizations fund their own programs as well train 150 of Uber's customer service agents as part of a new team to deal with sexual assault reports.

Lyft is now available in its first worldwide city: Toronto.

In an email sent to CP24, Lyft spokesperson Daniel Moulton said the expansion will be bringing a "new affordable transportation option" to Toronto consumers.

The company announced Monday that it is coming to Toronto in what will be its first expansion outside of the United States.

Founded in 2012, Lyft has operations in every American state.

Last year, city council voted in favour of a package of regulations that effectively legalized ridesharing services in Toronto. The company will begin driver recruitment today.

Last year, Toronto approved rules that would allow ride-hailing services to operate, after earlier clashes between Uber, regulators and traditional taxis.

The company has been US-focused and in many cases has avoided the controversy that swirled around Uber as its larger rival expanded to dozens of countries overseas. In October, Lyft raised $1 billion in funding in a round led by the venture-capital fund of Google parent Alphabet Inc., that gave it a valuation of $11 billion.

Lyft and Alphabet already have a relationship through a partnership Lyft struck with Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving auto unit, in May.

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