The approvals technically cover the whole of the Lower Mainland and the skiing destination of Whistler, BC, although that wider permission only allows for drop-offs. The companies only have permission to pick up passengers in Vancouver. Most other cities in the region (including Burnaby and Richmond) expect to offer licenses soon, though, with Surrey being the notable exception.
The city was not in dire straits by going without ridesharing services. As Slate noted , Vancouver has thrived on mass transit as well as car sharing. It’s Car2Go’s largest membership base in North America. With Car2Go on the way out in late February, however, there will be a significant vacuum that Uber and Lyft might fill. And whether city officials liked it or not, there was a lot of pressure to embrace ridesharing. It not only frustrated those tourists who expected app-based rides, but locals who had trouble getting taxis or public transportation after nights out. Whatever you think of these services, they might fill key gaps in Vancouver’s transportation network.
Heads up # Vancouver , we’ve officially landed! 🚗
Now 2 am you, and 8 am you, and 5pm you can grab a Lyft to your favorite bar, grandma’s house, a museum, the market, Rogers Arena, a bridge, the Seawall, a park … you know, wherever. It’s all in the app. pic.twitter.com/h823 oop7lfu
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