Jul 16, 2021 - Economy

Lyft shared rides to return next week

Picture of an iPhone with the screen showing a view of the Lyft app

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One of the first things to go when the pandemic struck U.S. cities is back: carpooling.

Driving the news: Lyft is bringing back shared rides in Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver on Monday, with plans to keep adding cities over the coming months.

Why it matters: It's a sign that several U.S. cities are returning to the pre-pandemic normal. Sharing the back seat with strangers was unthinkable at the beginning of 2021.

  • Lyft is limiting shared rides to just two passengers for now.
  • An Uber spokesperson tells Axios the company has no plans to bring back its pooled rides in the U.S. yet. Uber Pool is available in some Australian cities, which got the coronavirus outbreak under control months ago.
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