Ride-hailing app Lyft launches operations in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Lyft has become the second ride-hailing service to enter the New Orleans market, joining Uber nearly a year after its competitor shook up the local taxicab industry.
News outlets report that Lyft announced Thursday that it has received the city permits required under an ordinance passed last spring that legalizes ride-hailing services.
Lyft and Uber were both involved in discussions with the New Orleans City Council and Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration in which those rules were agreed upon.
Lyft says drivers will not yet pick up or drop off passengers at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, which is still working on rules governing ride-hailing services.
Nationwide, Lyft says it has about 315,000 drivers. The company has not said how many drivers will be connected through the Lyft app in New Orleans.