On Thursday morning, The Provincial Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) announced that it has officially approved applications for ride-hailing operators Lyft and Uber in British Columbia.
Although the companies will still need to receive municipal licences and ICBC insurance, social media users were quick to celebrate (or condemn) the news of Vancouver receiving rideshare:
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Vancouver finally getting Uber and Lyft. Gonna be some angry uncles on the road today 😬
— st (@sonnyteee) January 23, 2020
— Graeme Lind (@GMLind) January 23, 2020
Uber and Lyft are finally approved for Metro Vancouver, ok Mr. Horgan time to cut you slack😳
— Gordon Freeborn (@FreebornGordon) January 23, 2020
VANCOUVER IS GETTING UBER AND LYFT I MIGHT CRY
— kelli (@kelliiianne) January 23, 2020
Finally! @Uber is approved for Vancouver!! Feels great to be part of the modern world.
— Rob Hammer (@robhammer_) January 23, 2020
— Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (@BoardofTrade) January 23, 2020
— Ed (@EDinVANcity) January 23, 2020
At long last! Ridesharing comes to BC. Thanks to all who supported this game-changing initiative. https://t.co/FWg2fEUkpN
— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) January 23, 2020
I expect I’m like one of five people in all of Metro Vancouver who is actively disappointed about Uber and Lyft coming, oh well…
— Erin McInnis (@erin_braincandy) January 23, 2020
Finally, Uber and Lyft have arrived in Vancouver. Took a while…..a long, long, long while, and I’m certain it will be over-regulated to death to make the taxi companies happy. But, at least it’s a start.
— Les N 🇨🇦🇩🇰 (@OneFrankDrebin) January 23, 2020
— Jordan (@JordanVanMusic) January 23, 2020
— Sam Yeh 🇨🇦 (@samyeh) January 23, 2020
— Hasnain Raza (@hasnainr9) January 23, 2020
Made in BC solution for Uber & Lyft Coming Soon!
Next: sort out ICBC and regional licenses…
What are the odds of Vancouver to Surrey or Surrey to Burnaby or Vancouver to Burnaby service in the next “few days?” pic.twitter.com/KcM4LaD1kG
— Vik Khanna (@vikkhanna) January 23, 2020
— Roller (@Roxiah67Roller) January 23, 2020
More options including ridehailing will be great for those people coming downtown to enjoy the nightlife in the Granville Entertainment District and elsewhere and not be concerned about missing the last SkyTrain and Canada Line; nor concerned about being stranded downtown.
— Charles Gauthier (@DowntownCharles) January 23, 2020