Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft launched in Vancouver Friday morning.
At a news conference, Lyft general manager Peter Lukomskyj said his company’s initial operating area will be restricted to the core of Vancouver, bounded by Dunbar Street to the west, Victoria Drive to the east and 41 Avenue to the south. It will also service the Pacific National Exhibition and Vancouver International Airport.
Lukomskyj said the area would expand as the company attracted more drivers.
Uber’s operating area includes a much bigger swath of Metro Vancouver, including Coquitlam, Surrey, Delta, West and North Vancouver.
In a news release, Uber said it would expand its operating area “as soon as more drivers complete the permit requirements.
The launch of both companies comes less than 24 hours after the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) announced it had approved ride-hailing.
First Lyft ride in Vancouver <a href=”https://t.co/edh6uWsbnr”>pic.twitter.com/edh6uWsbnr</a>
Taxi association fighting back
Carolyn Bauer, spokesperson for the Vancouver Taxi Association and general manager of Yellow Cab, said association members are extremely upset with the decision.
“This is going to be financially devastating for the taxi industry and the families that have built their lives around this industry,” Bauer said Friday on The Early Edition.
Bauer said the association is pursuing a judicial review and requesting the PTB put a brief stay on the decision until the injunction application can be heard.
She is calling on the board to regulate the amount of ride-hailing vehicles in the same way it restricts the size of taxi fleets.
“If we have 2,500 taxis operating in Vancouver, put out 2,500 ride-share vehicles,” said Bauer. “Bring ride-share, but bring it fair.”
Ride-hailing services use demand pricing, as opposed to fixed taxi charges. Here’s a look at what the companies’ apps we’re saying this morning about two sample journeys:
A ride from CBC at 700 Hamilton Street to English Bay at 8:30 a.m:
- Yellow Cab: estimated $9 fare, estimated wait time 5 minutes.
- Lyft: $10.38 fare, estimated wait time 25 minutes.
- Uber: no cars available.
CBC to English Bay at 9 a.m.
- Yellow Cab: estimated $9 fare, estimated wait time 23 minutes
- Lyft: $10.37 fare, estimated wait time 24 minutes.
- Uber: $9.92 fare, estimated wait time 10 minutes.
the blessed dream of slightly cheaper private rides around certain areas of metro vancouver is here!!! <a href=”https://t.co/TPUnykKiy4″>pic.twitter.com/TPUnykKiy4</a>