Airport Authority, Lyft Reach Agreement
Ride-sharing service to begin operations immediately
MEMPHIS, TENN. (June 17, 2015) – The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) has reached an agreement with app-based service Lyft that allows the ride-sharing company to officially begin operations immediately at Memphis International Airport (MEM). The agreement was prefaced by the passage of state legislation that established requirements for transportation network companies such as Lyft. Governor Bill Haslam recently signed the bill into law.
With the passage of the new Transportation Network Company Services Act, ride-sharing companies are no longer required to obtain a permit from the City of Memphis before they can legally operate at the airport.
“Throughout this process, our goal has been to find a solution that allowed companies such as Lyft to operate at MEM” said Scott Brockman, MSCAA President and CEO. “This agreement not only does that, but also ensures a level playing field with existing commercial services. We are excited that our passengers will now have more transportation options.”
"Tennessee has emerged as a leader in embracing innovative transportation solutions and we're proud to be the first ridesharing partner of Memphis International Airport," said Bakari Brock, Lyft’s Director of Business Development. "We'd like to thank Councilman Conrad and MEM staff for their commitment to preserving Lyft's affordable, welcoming rides for Memphis visitors and residents."
The agreement will generate $2 per pickup for the airport. The pickup area will be on the commercial drive of the baggage level.