The San Francisco ride-hail company Lyft is expanding carpooling service in more cities in U.S., showing that the carpooling feature may become one of the most important features in Lyft.
The company said Tuesday that it planed to expand carpooling service by launching its Lyft Line service in six new cities: Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia, San Diego, Silicon Valley and New Jersey. The service will be available to passengers next week.
Lyft Line, the carpooling service Lyft originally launched in 2014, is to let passengers share their ride with others who is going to a similar direction and pay much less fare. The service is currently available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, DC, Austin, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami.
It is not surprising that Lyft is expanding its carpooling service. The company said that Lyft Line currently accounts for 40 percent of the rides in the cities where Lyft Line is available.
Lyft’s biggest rival Uber also launched its carpooling service UberPool in 2014. UberPool is now available in 15 cities around the world.
Both companies say that carpooling is the next big thing. People also like the idea of carpooling, which put more people in one car to reduce fares, emissions and traffic jams.
“We are growing and scaling at an incredible pace, which means that we can offer Lyft Line in more markets,” cofounder and CEO Logan Green said in a statement. “Today’s news means that we now offer 25% of Americans the option to affordably share their rides through Lyft Line, which means fewer cars on the road across the U.S.”