Lyft’s rid­er­ship al­ready tops ’16 to­tal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

DETROIT — Ride-hail­ing ser­vice Lyft car­ried more pas­sen­gers through June this year than it did in all of last year as it cap­i­tal­ized on mis­steps at Uber.

The com­pany said rid­er­ship through June sur­passed the 162.5 mil­lion rides it gave in all of 2016. A spokesman wouldn’t give an ex­act num­ber.

Lyft has made its gains in part at the ex­pense of its much larger ri­val. Some rid­ers boy­cotted Uber af­ter the com­pany tweeted that “Surge pric­ing has been turned off at JFK Air­port” when New York taxi drivers re­fused to pick up trav­el­ers there in protest of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s first or­der on im­mi­gra­tion. There also were re­ports of wide­spread sex­ual ha­rass­ment at Uber’s head­quar­ters.

Lyft wouldn’t com­ment on Uber but said it added 160 U.S. cities this year. The com­pany op­er­ates only in the U.S.

Uber says it’s given more than 5 bil­lion rides since 2010.

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