About Chicago Lyft Ride Service
Lyft, one of the original rideshare companies, launched its services in 2012 in San Francisco. Shortly after, the service was launched in the City of Chicago, becoming the fourth major market for the company and the first beyond the West Coast. Since then, it has grown in immense popularity and usage, but it has not been without issues or controversy.
The app has grown in such popularity that a monthly subscription service is now being offered for avid users, as of October 2018. By paying $299/month, you will receive 30 rides per month, up to $15 per ride. If you go over the allocated amount, either in pricing or the number of rides, you pay the difference. The Windy City is one of the select markets the subscription service is currently being tested in.
In 2019, the City of Chicago implemented a price increase on the fee paid to the City by all ridesharing companies. An additional $0.05 per ride brings the total fee to $0.72 per ride. The first of its kind in the country, the fee goes towards improving the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Specifically, the $0.05 increase will be used to upgrade and install video camera systems at CTA stations across the city.
While Lyft has been helpful to those needing to get to their destination quickly and efficiently and contributing to improvements in the City’s infrastructure, the abundance of drivers has overwhelmed Chicago to the point that rideshare and taxi drivers are teaming up to ask for regulations of rideshare operators with the end goal being more income for drivers and less congestion on the streets of Chicago.
While proposed only a few months ago, it is not unlike other regulations emerging in big cities across the country, namely New York City. While it may be considered restrictive, it will alleviate some of the congestion issues that have arisen as the result of the high demand for Lyft, but not all, including car accidents and assaults at the hands of Lyft drivers or other Lyft passengers.