Lyft to add real-time TransLink info to its app in Metro Vancouver

Sep 24 2020, 4:22 pm

Metro Vancouver’s public transit information will soon be displayed as a mobility option on the Lyft app.

The ridehailing giant’s new in-app feature provides riders with the ability to see the time, route, and price information for TransLink’s services, including upcoming departures for buses, SkyTrain, and SeaBus.

Riders will be able to see transit services and approaching ridehailing vehicles on the map, or they can enter a destination to see how to get there on public transit, with a complete itinerary from start to finish.

Walking directions alongside public transit and rideshare options will be provided for destinations located nearby.

Lyft’s transit feature will launch in Metro Vancouver at the end of October.

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Lyft in-app TransLink capability in Metro Vancouver. (Lyft)

The new in-app public transit capability is being rolled out in 13 cities across North America, including Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, and New York City.

“Metro Vancouver has a world-class transportation system that we’re proud to be adding to the Lyft app soon,” said Peter Lukomskyj, general manager for Lyft in BC, in a statement.

“As a transportation network, we want to help riders choose the route and transportation mode that is best for them. By adding the transit feature and making it easier for riders to make these choices, we’re bringing our mission to life — improving people’s lives with the best transportation.”

This follows the emerging trend in the transportation industry of the idea that future passenger mobility should become an integrated suite of options on an app. Similar changes providing real-time transit and pricing info were also made to the Uber app earlier this month.

In July, Lyft expanded its ridehailing service area to cover all of Metro Vancouver, including Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Belcarra, Langley, Lions Bay, and Bowen Island.

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