It's been one year since Uber became street legal in Ottawa; now ride-hailing rival Lyft could be rolling into town.
Lyft, founded in 2012 and based in San Francisco, claims to be the fastest-growing on-demand transportation service in the United States. It recently announced plans to launch in Toronto, and Ottawa may not be far behind.
Bylaw manager Roger Chapman said city officials met with executives from Lyft to talk about licensing the company and expects the company to submit a formal application soon.
Chapman said once the application is received, the company could have its distinctive pink-mustached cars on the road within a week.
Until now, Uber has been the only major app-based ride-hailing service — the city calls them private transportation companies — licensed to operate in Ottawa.
The company only became legal last year when councillors passed a bylaw allowing Uber and companies like it to pick up passengers using a phone app.
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