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VOL. 130 | NO. 118 | Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lyft Approved to Operate Ride-Sharing Service at Memphis Airport

By Amos Maki

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The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an agreement with ride-sharing service Lyft that allows the company to immediately begin operations at Memphis International Airport.

The deal was set after the passage of Tennessee legislation that established requirements for transportation network companies such as Lyft.

Lyft has reached an agreement with the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that allows the ride-sharing service to begin operations at Memphis International Airport.

(Lyft)

The state legislation said ride-sharing services were no longer required to obtain a permit from the city of Memphis before they could legally operate at the airport. Like many other cities, Memphis had begun crafting regulations for ride-sharing services, but the state legislation essentially stopped that process.

“Throughout this process, our goal has been to find a solution that allowed companies such as Lyft to operate at (Memphis International Airport),"said Scott Brockman, Airport Authority president and chief executive, in a statement. "This agreement not only does that, but also ensures a level playing field with existing commercial services. We are excited that our passengers will now have more transportation options.”

The airport authority has not yet reached an agreement with ride-sharing competitor Uber, according to Glen Thomas, the authority's public information officer.

"However, we are open to Uber doing business here and have reached out to them in the hopes that we can facilitate an agreement," Thomas said.

Lyft's agreement will generate $2 per pickup for the airport. The pickup area will be on the commercial drive of the baggage level.

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