Lyft, Uber join Sidecar at SFO


Two more smartphone ride service apps will now be able to operate legally at San Francisco International Airport.

SFO officials announced an agreement Monday that will give Lyft and Uber a permit to pick up and drop off passengers at SFO.

Last week, SFO signed a permit for Sidecar to operate legally at the airport, making SFO the first airport in California to give a permit to a transportation network company — a term to describe the ride apps by the California Public Utilities Commissions, which regulates the companies.

At the time SFO announced the Sidecar deal, both Lyft and Uber had not signed permit agreements yet, according to a airport spokesman.

Airport Director John L. Martin said in a statement that SFO is the first airport in the United States to have both companies sign a permit:

“This gives customers at SFO more choice, without compromising our focus on safety and security.”

Lyft also made the announcement on its blog Wednesday on the permit agreement. The company wrote that it started the permit process months ago with SFO and the company formally signed the deal last week.

Lyft also secured a permit last month with the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee.

SFO officials said the companies expect to begin operations within the next 30 days.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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