Lyft adds New York City's metro indications to its application in the latest call for tenders launched by the rides industry to reconcile public transit.
The deployment of the transit instructions in the application will take place over the next few weeks, according to Bloomberg. With this update, the Lyft app will show users subway stations and bus stops, as well as docks for Citi Bike, the bike sharing system owned by ride-hail company. The features are designed to keep users in the application rather than switching to a different product for public transport directions.
All New York users will receive the updated application by the end of September. In addition to metro and bus information, Lyft customers will also discover commuter rail options such as Long Island Railways, North Metro, New Jersey Transit, and more. The application however only offers directions, not the possibility of buying tickets or tickets.
Lyft recently started allowing users to book and pay for Citi Bike in its application. The addition of more features and modes of transport brings Lyft closer to its goal of becoming a multimodal single window for all urban transport. It may also leave the application a little cluttered and difficult to use.
Lyft also offers transit routes in a few other cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Boston, Seattle, and Chicago. At the beginning of the year, Uber also started to integrate transit into its application and now offers and ticket purchase features in Denver.
Lyft's relationship with public transit had its ups and downs. In 2017, the company set up a shuttle service This seemed to please most people like public transit and prompted a series of jokes about the San Francisco-based company, thinking "Invented the bus." Lyft also took flack for his ads in New York City subway stations pleading with people to abandon the MTA and take a car instead.
The news comes at a time of tension between Lyft and New York. In April, the company announced that it stop accepting new drivers on its platform in response to new rules designed to curb explosive growth strike companies. In January Lyft sued the city to block the new rules on wages, arguing that they would create unequal playing conditions and ultimately mean that their own drivers would be paid less. A judge of the state cast the case in May