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Lyft app-AMERICAN-ride-hail-alternatives, such as congestion, concerns mount

(Reuters) – Lyft Inc. on Tuesday said it will roll out changes to the app, which allows users to switch between different modes of transport, at a time when the towns and cities in the U.S., are wary of a deterioration of the traffic caused by the ride-hailing.

FILE PHOTO: A Lyft a bike that is listed on the Lyft application for listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange at an IPO event in Los Angeles, California, USA on March 29, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

The San Francisco-based company, which operates in more than 300 cities and towns in the United States and Canada, said that a new version of the app should be pushed to users on Tuesday. In the next few weeks, the app will not only in the area shown, ride-hail damage to vehicles, but also to compare the costs and the travelling time of the transportation options.

Lyft is operating a bike-share services in the eight towns and cities at the full price in the 20 cities and towns, and the options that will be integrated into the app. In the new version, you will also see the rental options.

For detailed information on public transport alternatives will be available early next year to Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, New York, New York, Seattle, and Washington, Lyft said.

Lyft-and its competitor Uber Technologies Inc has come up more and more towns and cities in the United States, accusing ride-from the companies of the increasing levels of traffic congestion by taking riders out of the public transport network, and puts them on the individual stage-to hail cars.

In a study published by a group of researchers, in co-operation with the city of San Francisco and is attributed for half of the city is the increase in congestion between 2010 and 2016, in order to be from hail damage to vehicles.

The New York city Department of Transportation in 2018, found a ride hail a car to make up 30% of the vehicles during the peak hours in midtown Manhattan, so the city’s regulator to impose a cap or other restrictions on our services.

In August, a survey on behalf of Lyft and Uber, confirmed that an increase in the town centre of traffic congestion is attributable to a ride from the vehicles. It has also been shown that, on average, almost half of the cars to travel without a passenger in the back seat.

However, the study also showed that the use of private and commercial vehicles, yet still refer to the traffic caused by the ride-hailing vehicles.

Lyft, on Tuesday, testing the new app, the design showed a significant increase in engagement, and the use of bicycles, scooters, and public transport information.

“At Lyft, we’re working on at the time when the cities and towns that are centered around people, not cars,” John Zimmer, Lyft’s co-founder and president, said in a statement, adding that the app will unlock a better transportation solutions” for the citizens in the country as a whole.

Report by Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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