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Lyft‘s the mobile app that lets you order a moustache-bearing car in minutes, and it’s now expanding to several new cities, including Seattle and Los Angeles.
The startup is not letting its regulatory troubles get in the way of its growth plans. As we recently reported, the California Public Utilities Commission demanded $20,000 in fines from Lyft and rival ride-sharing services Uber and SideCar.
With its “friendly” drivers and donation-based payment model — as opposed to a set fee — Lyft has spread like wildfire in San Francisco since launching out of beta in August. Lyft is the next evolution of Zimride, the car-pooling service that is popular with college students.
With an outpouring of public support in the wake of these hefty citations, Lyft has the confidence it needs to bring its service to more U.S. cities. Don’t expect immediate changes — cofounder Josh Zimmer reported to TechCrunch that hiring drivers and operations staff takes time, and Lyft won’t roll out to more than one city in January.
Lyft’s growing pool of users received a glowing email from the company’s CEO and a list of job openings in new cities.
It has been an incredible year. Riding together, you’ve found new friends, music, and creative collaborators while exploring every corner of this great city. Thank you for building a passionate community with us in San Francisco!
In 2013, we’re expanding our horizons, bringing the social transportation revolution to cities across the country. That’s where you (or any of your friends) come in – join our team and help us take Lyft to new heights!
Top image // Christina Farr, VentureBeat