Lyft is about to launch a massive expansion across the US

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Lyft is rapidly expanding the number of US cities in which it operates.

The ride-hailing company plans to launch in 100 new US cities by the end of the year, bringing the total number of cities it serves to 300.

Lyft plans to roll out service in 40 new cities on Thursday alone, the same number it launched in all of 2016.

“We dramatically increased our launch pace in the second half of 2016 and are obviously going to continue and accelerate that in 2017,” Jaime Raczka, the head of early-stage markets and expansion at Lyft, said.

Today the San Francisco-based company offers its service in 200 US cities and reaches about 177 million people, or 55% of the country, the company said.

After the expansion, Lyft will operate in 300 cities while providing access to 231 million people, or about 72% of the US, the company said.

Lyft’s largest rival, Uber, operates in 450 cities worldwide. Lyft’s aggressive US growth, however, suggests the company is planning to launch its service outside the US soon.

Lyft is already partnered with Didi Chuxing and Grab to provide rides in other countries. But CNBC reported earlier this month that the company planned to expand its own service in other countries sometime this year.

Raczka would not comment on when Lyft plans to expand outside the US, but she emphasized that 2017 would be a big year for Lyft’s market growth.

“The aim of how we think about the international expansion is independent from our efforts here in the US,” Raczka said. “So right now we are really focused on getting a broad footprint in the US.

“We have a lot of great growth leverage, and we are going to ride that momentum and bring our service to communities across Americas and make sure we are serving people here.”

Check out the list of cities where Lyft will launch on Thursday below. The company will announce the remaining 60 cities later this year.

  • Redding, CA
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Victorville, CA
  • El Centro, CA
  • Merced, CA
  • Yuba City, CA
  • Chico, CA
  • Clarksville, TN
  • Clarksville, TN
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Dover, DE
  • Erie, PA
  • Altoona, PA
  • Williamsport, PA
  • Johnstown, PA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Harrisonburg, VA
  • Lynchburg, VA
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • St. George, UT
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Salisbury, NC
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Springfield, MO
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Wichita, KS
  • South Bend, IN
  • Manchester, NH
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Gallup, NM
  • Logan, UT
  • Outer Banks, NC
  • Blacksburg, VA
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • Idaho Falls, ID

Lyft’s CEO has a simple plan that he claims could make traffic disappear in just 5 years

With the right infrastructure investments, it’s possible to make highway traffic in the US disappear in as little as five years, Logan Green, Lyft’s CEO, said in a recent interview.

“If we set a big enough goal and make the right investments in this moment, five years from now it is easily foreseeable that we’ve completely achieved this goal and there is no more traffic on our highway system,” Green said.

These “right investments,” though, aren’t what you might expect. Green doesn’t want to widen highways to kill traffic. Instead, he wants the government to invest in a nationwide expansion of ‘smart lanes,’ which are basically carpool lanes that charge vehicles with less than three passengers for access.

Green, along with Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer, published an op-ed on Tuesday outlining how exactly this might work, but basically, the co-founders propose that by building out more ‘smart lanes’ people will be more incentivised to ride-share, thus reducing traffic.

“These smart lanes will have dynamic pricing to control for congestion, so they will be able to guarantee that that road can flow at 45 miles per hour or 50 miles per hour minimum. You then create a free option, so you say any person with three or more people in their car gets in this lane for free,” Green said. “Those dual incentives will create an environment that will encourage all kinds of high-occupancy commuting.”