June 25, 2017

Uber, Lyft cleared to launch in Alaska

Alaska State Capitol Building
By Jay Galvin from Pleasanton, CA, USA (Alaska State Capitol Building) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, Gov. Bill Walker signed House Bill 132 into law, opening up business in Alaska for Transportation Network Companies, including popular services like Uber and Lyft. The companies already laid the groundwork to start operations before ink from the governor’s pen was even dry.

For its part, Lyft has spent the last month recruiting new drivers in Alaska.

“Specifically in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks,” Scott Coriell said. Coriell is the communications manager for Lyft in San Franscisco.

The company is accepting customers right away.

“The bill that passed the Legislature goes into effect immediately upon the signature of the Governor,” Coriell said. “So we will turn the system on.”

“Folks who are approved to drive can open up the app and start driving, and folks who want a ride can download the app, turn it on and request rides for where they want to go,” Coriell added.Lyft differentiates itself from competitor Uber by having more driver-friendly features, like being able to pay a tip from within the smartphone app. According to Lyft, the vast majority of its drivers work part-time, many to earn extra income.Though it has received nowhere near the […]

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