Today the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) made history with a unanimous, groundbreaking vote to authorize peer-to-peer transportation in the State of California. More than 300 community members showed up to have their voices heard, and together helped ensure an exciting path forward for our movement.
This news is the result of a long and thoughtful process throughout which your participation as drivers and passengers has been instrumental. When we first received a cease-and-desist letter from the CPUC last year, you came together and spoke out. Your stories, enthusiasm and support fueled us forward, and today you’ve been heard.
New innovations in transportation have always played a large role in our country’s economic development, from the construction of our railroad system in the 1800s that powered the industrial revolution to the Interstate Highway System of the 1900s that ushered in a new era of growth. And thanks to your involvement, we’ll now be able to look back in 10 years knowing that today was a milestone that paved the way for our generation’s peer economy.
So the next time you hop in a Lyft, we encourage you to thank the person next to you for making this all possible. We’re all part of an important and historic movement powered by people to make the world a better place through transportation, and it’s just beginning.
Thank you for being part of it.
John Zimmer and Logan Green