Lyft starts operation in Port Angeles

Uber competitor joins following regulation change in city

PORT ANGELES — Lyft has launched its rideshare service in Port Angeles.

The San Francisco company began operating in the Port Angeles-Sequim area at 10 a.m. Monday, it was announced.

“We are thrilled to now offer Lyft in Port Angeles, so residents and tourists alike can get where they need to go more easily,” Lyft Pacific Northwest General Manager Todd Kelsay said in a Friday statement to the Peninsula Daily News.

“We are also excited to offer this opportunity for Port Angeles-area drivers to earn on the Lyft platform and provide rides for passengers throughout the Peninsula and greater Washington.”

Lyft is now available to 95 percent of the U.S. population and select cities in Canada.

For fares and other information, visit www.lyft.com.

Lyft is giving Port Angeles customers $5 off their first ride. Use the code HELLOPORTANGELES.

Uber, a Lyft competitor, began operating in Port Angeles on Sept. 18.

Lyft and Uber can be used by downloading an app on your smartphone and requesting a ride.

Both rideshare companies are operating in Forks but have not yet launched in Port Townsend.

The Port Angeles City Council voted in August to allow rideshare companies to operate in the city under the same regulations as taxi services.

Lyft and Uber had previously inquired about the Port Angeles market but were unwilling to comply with an outdated licensing code, City Attorney Bill Bloor has said.

The code change simplified the licensing process for all for-hire vehicles.

Washington is one of the few states in the country where rideshare is regulated at the city level.

In addition to the Port Angeles-Sequim market, Lyft is operating in most major cities on the Interstate-5 corridor and in the Tri-Cities, Wenatchee, Pullman and Spokane.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

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