Lyft Is Launching in Philadelphia on Friday

Photo via Lyft

Photo via Lyft

Ride-hailing service Lyft announced today that it will launch its service in Philadelphia on Friday, January 30th. The company had been advertising for drivers in Philadelphia this month.

Lyft is the chief competitor to Uber. Lyft is not a premium “black car” service — it is more like UberX, where passengers get rides in cars that generally aren’t luxury vehicles. Lyft has rolled out a premium service in some areas. In anticipation of the rollout of Lyft, UberX lowered its prices by 35 percent a few days ago.

The service begins at 6 p.m. Friday. To use it, you’ll need the Lyft app.

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Lyft Planning to Launch in Philadelphia

Lyft, the ride-hailing service that is the chief competitor to Uber, is planning to launch in Philadelphia.

Billy Penn reported on a Craigslist ad asking for drivers as well as Lyft signage at City Coho, a co-working space at 2401 Walnut Street.

After several controversies surrounding Uber, The New York Times Nick Bilton wrote the company is a “moral alternative.” Lyft costs about the same as UberX, the lower-cost alternative to Uber Black.

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Get Your Lunch Ubered To You

Vadouvan chicken salad sandwich on a seeded yeast roll. Served with a side of minted pickle salad with butternut squash, cucumber, and red onion with brown butter snicker doodle cookies for dessert

Vadouvan chicken salad sandwich on a seeded yeast roll. Served with a side of minted pickle salad with butternut squash, cucumber, and red onion with brown butter snicker doodle cookies for dessert

The taxi alternative, Uber is part of a campaign to raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization aiming to eliminate child hunger in America. Today they are teaming up with Sbraga for a one-day UberLUNCH pop-up.

Between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., you can order a Vadouvan Chicken Salad Sandwich prepared by Sbraga and have it delivered in the same amount of time it takes to get an Uber. The sandwich costs $10 and all of that money goes directly to No Kid Hungry and the goal of #3MillionMeals.

You can order your UberLUNCH direct from the Uber app and delivery is available from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River, from South Street to Vine Street.

Fuel Up with UberLUNCH and Sbraga [Uber]

UberX Approved in Pennsylvania — But Not Philadelphia

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The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission has voted to allow Uber to operate in Pennsylvania — but that ruling doesn’t apply to Philadelphia. Unlike the rest of the state, the Philadelphia Parking Authority regulates taxis in the city.

The PPA has been fighting with Uber ever since it launched its UberX service in Philadelphia on October 24th. (The service had already been operating in the suburbs.) The PPA impounded Uber cars in a sting operation — it eventually released them — while the head of the Philadelphia Taxi Association compared UberX to ISIS.

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What Taylor Swift Could Learn From Uber About Spotify

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I was in Las Vegas this week and the taxi driver taking me to the airport asked me what I thought of Uber, the company whose ride sharing service UberX is currently invading Philadelphia. Apparently, the company is also setting its sights on Vegas. After I told him (I’m a fan of the service), I asked him what he thought of Uber. He said, “I’m not entirely sure, but things are always changing in this world and we have to change with them.” Smart guy.

Which brings me to Taylor Swift.

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Your UberX Driver May Be a Deranged Killer (and May Charge You Surge Pricing)

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Since the Philadelphia Parking Authority impounded six UberX cars last weekend and then released them, there’s been nary a peep from the PPA about the controversial car service, which now seems to be operating with impunity here. I alone have used UberX several times this week within city limits, and it seems like the “cheaper-than-taxi” alternative is here to stay. Here’s what you need to know.

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PPA Releases Impounded UberX Cars

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Over the weekend, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which oversees all taxis and limousines in city limits, impounded six UberX cars in an undercover sting operation, saying that UberX was operating illegally here. Uber cried foul. Mayor Nutter told everybody to chill the heck out. And as of Tuesday at noon, the PPA had released four cars and said that they are expecting to release the remaining two shortly. Read more »

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