Lyft Scooters Hit DC Streets (10-18-18)

Ride-hailing company Lyft joins the dockless electric scooter experiment in the District, rolling out its own Lyft-branded scooters across D.C. (Courtesy Lyft)

WASHINGTON — Ride-hailing company Lyft joins the dockless electric scooter experiment in the District, rolling out its own Lyft-branded scooters across D.C.

It is Lyft’s first scooter launch on the East Coast.

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DC Launches Digital Taxi-Tracking Software (10-18-18)

Dive Brief:

  • Washington, DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has launched a platform for riders to track taxis and limos in real-time.
  • Known as an application program interface (API), the software provides a visual representation of where the taxis and limos are and can also show the identification numbers of specific vehicles. Five developers, including TransitScreen and Redmon Group, have registered to use the service.
  • “It’s difficult to list all the benefits of our APIs, but it’s important to note that economic impact is among them,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said in a statement. “Whether we facilitate the transport of business leaders or government officials to meetings, or ensure that a visitor enjoys a seamless sightseeing experience, the apps our APIs make possible can help ensure the District remains a commerce and tourism center.”

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Here Are The Top Uber And Lyft Destinations In Greater Washington (10-17-18)

As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., will always attract tourists who need ride-share services to navigate the region and be transported to places like the Lincoln Memorial.

But the top destinations in the region for Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. suggest a higher percentage of those in the region use Lyft for day-to-day transportation, whereas Uber Technologies Inc. users are more likely to be tourists or travelers going places of interest like MGM National Harbor.

One example: The Walmart Supercenter at 99 H St. NW in NoMa and the Target at 3100 14th St. NW in Columbia Heights are the third- and fourth-most popular Lyft destinations for drop-offs and pickups this year. Eastover Shopping Center in Oxon Hill is Lyft’s sixth-most popular spot, according to data provided by the company.

You can take a look at the top 10 destinations for both services in the gallery above.

Lyft, which recently became the official ride-share service of Events D.C., said 20 percent of riders…

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Lyft Becomes The Official Rideshare Partner Of Events DC (10-12-18)

Events DC launches a new Strategic Partners Initiative with Lyft as a founding partner

WASHINGTONOct. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., and Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announce an exclusive partnership making Lyft the official rideshare partner of Events DC. While this mutually beneficial agreement will enhance corporate brand awareness and consumer engagement for both organizations, Lyft will gain increased access to the diverse audiences of more than 1.9 million visitors Events DC attracts annually to the nation’s capital.

“Events DC is excited to kick off a new partnership with Lyft that both provides our venue guests with convenient and cost-efficient transportation options as well as offer brand-alignment and activation opportunities for the rideshare company,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “Our Strategic Partners Initiative allows us to integrate corporate partners in all three facets of our business, hosting customer events in our venues, producing our own events and supporting community-based organizations and initiatives throughout the District.”

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Uber, Lyft to Provide Free & Discounted Trips to Polling Places on Election Day (10-14-18)

Ride-hailing company Uber joined Lyft this month in planning to provide free rides to users who need help getting to polling places for Election Day.

As political campaigns enter the last stretch of the midterm season, Uber and Lyft are serious about getting voters to the ballot box on Nov. 6.

Ride-hailing company Uber announced it’s offering free rides for Uber users who need transportation to their polling places on Election Day.

The company will display a “Get to the Polls” button on the Uber app to help users find their designated polling place and allow users to book a free ride. The company has also partnered with the nonprofit civic engagement group When We All Vote to distribute voter registration information via the Uber app and help drivers and riders register to vote.

“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a company statement on Oct. 4.

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