In August 2013, Washington, D.C. became one of the first cities in the nation to grant Lyft temporary operating authority — allowing drivers to continue providing safe and reliable rides while we worked with the city on a permanent solution. We are excited to announce that today the DC City Council enacted a regulatory framework officially authorizing ridesharing in the District.
We appreciate the leadership of Council Member Cheh, as well as the thoughtful support of Members Grosso, Bowser, and the entire City Council to create new rules for Lyft’s peer-to-peer model. D.C. joins cities like Minneapolis, Seattle, and Tulsa who have recognized the benefits ridesharing provides to both residents and visitors: fewer empty seats in our cars, fewer cars on our roads, and more affordable transportation options for all.
From the Potomac to the Pentagon, D.C. has led the way in embracing innovative solutions to modern transportation challenges and we're excited to see the local Lyft community grow and thrive for years to come!