As getting around cities continues to evolve, one of the country’s biggest ride-share companies is preparing to open their first driver hub facility in New Jersey later this fall.
San Francisco-based Lyft recently announced that they will be opening their first Garden State-based driver hub in Jersey City, and the location seems to be an appropriate choice. Spots there and in neighboring Hoboken were some of the company’s top destinations for passengers last year, and Hudson is the state’s most densely populated county.
“We are excited to be a business operating in New Jersey,” said Ann Ferracane, general manager for Lyft New Jersey. “More people want to use ride-sharing as part of their commute. We are committed to greener cities.”
The hub will allow Lyft drivers to receive in-person support and connect with other drivers as a result of increased customer demand. The company will additionally provide personalized support and host community events. A specific address for the hub’s location hasn’t yet been announced.
Lyft currently has three service desk facilities in Paterson, Jersey City, and Woodbridge, but the closest current driver hub is in Long Island City, Queens. Lyft’s planting of deeper roots in New Jersey comes just months after competitor Uber opened a driver hub in Secaucus.
Lyft also announced that the Union County town of Summit has entered into a contract with them to serve as its exclusive ride-share partner. The deal will allow residents and employees of the town to schedule and reserve a Lyft ride up to seven days in advance of their trip, part of an ongoing effort to ease parking woes in one of New Jersey’s more popular towns.