$250 million of venture funding can buy a lot. And alternative-cab company Lyft is using its recent cash infusion to open up its service in lots more American cities.
Today the company announced it is expanding into medium-sized cities and regions around the U.S., like Corpus Christi, Texas; Lincoln, Neb., and Spokane, Wash. It’s a big step forward after the company announced several one-city expansions over the past few months.
The move will bring Lyft closer to major competitor Uber, which has brought on extensive funding and entered medium-sized and large cities around the U.S. and in other countries. These two companies and others, like Sidecar, have been trying to compete in terms of price, insurance policies, and other characteristics.
Meanwhile, by rolling out cars in many more cities, Lyft could be in for some serious regulatory challenges. Lyft has been fighting to keep its drivers active in cities like Seattle and St. Louis.
And it’s interesting to note that while Lyft is entering some markets where Uber already offers service through its mobile app — including Ann Arbor, Mich.; Fresno, Calif; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Modesto, Calif. — it’s also beating Uber to a number of cities, like Buffalo, N.Y., and Spokane, Wash.
Here’s the full list of new cities where Lyft will be launching in the next 24 hours:
Fairfield County & New Haven
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