Ride hailing comes to Bowen Island

Bowen joined the world of ride hailing on island time. 

The ride hailing service Lyft went live on Bowen at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, months after such services began in many other Metro Vancouver municipalities.

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Lyft announced Thursday that it has expanded to offer its services across all Metro Vancouver municipalities including Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Belcarra, Langley, Lions Bay and Bowen, being the first such service to operate across the entire region. 

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Lyft's service area in Metro Vancouver - Courtesy of Lyft

Ride hailing officially launched in Metro Vancouver back in January after years of will-they-won’t-they discussions. While Bowen was included in the Passenger Transportation Board-approved operation areas and the inter-municipal ride hailing business licence (granted that passed during the height of the pandemic), no service started up here, until now.

While Lyft doesn’t release driver numbers, Thursday afternoon there was at least one car available for pick-ups.

While the other major ride hailing service Uber operates in other metro municipalities, it has yet to drive onto Bowen shores.

Bowen's only taxi service was suspended in March due to COVID-19. 


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