SIOUX FALLS (KSFY) - City officials say the ride-service service Lyft is in the process of expanding to Sioux Falls.
According to councilor Christine Erickson, the company was issued a sales tax license and is working with the city's license office on a transportation network company license.
Erickson said a team of city and state officials, as well as resident Greg LaFollette, have been working for months to attract Lyft to the city. Lyft is expected to launch operations in Sioux Falls as soon as they can recruit enough drivers. It’s possible that could be as early as spring 2018.
In 2015, the Sioux Falls City Council passed an ordinance that changed licensing requirements to allow transportation network companies to operate in Sioux Falls. In 2016, the South Dakota State Legislature approved a measure that changed insurance laws to allow companies like Lyft to operate in the state.
Lyft is a ride-sharing company where users can hail a ride via an app. The company currently operates in more than 300 cities in the U.S.
The ride-sharing service Lyft is coming to Sioux Falls and other communities in South Dakota.
Lyft service is available in approximately 300 across the United States. By downloading an app, users are able to get a ride from a driver within minutes. Lyft provides nearly 20 million rides a month.
The South Dakota Department of Revenue confirms with KSFY News that Lyft has an active sales tax license in the state. According to Lyft's app, the service will be available in Sioux Falls soon.
The city of Sioux Falls is holding a news conference at 11:30 Monday morning. The city says the news conference is about big transportation changes for the city. KSFY will stream that news conference on ksfy.com and the KSFY News App.