Lyft Returns to NM

Lyft Returns to NM

Lyft will also be picking up and dropping off passengers at the Albuquerque International Sunport under an agreement with the city that is similar to one its competitor, Uber, signed with the city last year.

Ride Sharing Service Went Live at 9 a.m. In ABQ

Its Drivers Will Also Serve The Airport

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

Ride sharing service Lyft resumed operations in Albuquerque Thursday morning after more than a year’s absence.

The company’s smart phone app and drivers went live at 9 a.m., Jaime Raczka, general manager of Early Stage Operations for Lyft said during a news conference Thursday with Gov. Susana Martinez to announce the company’s return to New Mexico.

Lyft left New Mexico last May after the Public Regulation Commission refused to approve regulations the company wanted. But during January legislative session, the state Legislature approved a bill that laid out rules under which Lyft and other ride sharing services could operate. Martinez signed the bill in the spring.

Raczka said Lyft will also be picking up and dropping off passengers at the Albuquerque International Sunport under an agreement with the city that is similar to one its competitor, Uber, signed with the city last year.

“We are glad to be back in New Mexico,” Raczka said.

Raczka wouldn’t say how many drivers the company has recruited so far, but she did add that it has recruited many of the drivers it had in Albuquerque before it left the state. She also said that, currently, Albuquerque is the only area in which Lyft is operating in the state. More cities could get the service in the future, she added.

Martinez said Lyft’s return offered a chance for individual drivers to be their own bosses, and an opportunity to spur economic development and tourism.

Lyft operates in 200 cities throughout the U.S. and gives 14 million rides a month, Raczka said.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.
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  • ABQ
    September 4, 2016, 7:00 am

    It’s the best way to visit ABQ, Fly in to town and leave your car at home. Otherwise, your car gets stolen or broken into at one of Albuquerque’s Hotels or tourist attractions..

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