Lyft, the pay-to-hitchhike app, baits regulators by launching in New York City

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Lyft, the app that enables passengers to grab rides with strangers, just announced it will begin serving customers this week in the New York City outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

“The people of New York deserve more transportation options,” Lyft wrote in a blog post. “Lyft provides greater access to a safe, affordable personal transit alternative that is built for New Yorkers, by New Yorkers.”

Lyft, which is available in more than 60 US cities, is cheaper than a taxi and its drivers undergo more stringent background checks than cabbies, the company says.

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