Lyft is having a big 2017, both due to reasons of its own making and, um, others.
On the Lyft side of things, the ride-hailing app on Thursday expanded its service to 54 new cities and four new states — its biggest launch day ever. That expansion is part of Lyft’s goal to enter 100 new cities in 2017.
Lyft got started on that goal with a launch in 40 cities in late January, which brought the ride-hailing competitor into three new states. This time, Lyft is adding service in Alabama, Iowa, North Dakota and West Virginia. The goal for Lyft is to move from covering 55 percent of the U.S. population to 72 percent by the end of the year, the company said in January. Read more…
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