Residents and tourists in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in British Columbia know all too well about the lack of ride-hailing.
Last year, Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said that 30 of the 31 NHL teams had ride-hailing services. Not only that, but Vancouver was the North American "major metro area" that didn't have it.
Well, those who have been waiting to Uber and Lyft to come to the most populous city in British Columbia are finally getting their wish. On Wednesday, Vancouver city council approved of $30 fees for pickups and drop offs for ride-hailing, per Justin McElroy of CBC News.
One of the main concerns in Vancouver about ride-hailing would be the negative impact it could bring in the taxi business. Per McElroy, the staff also said they'd be developing a stronger "level playing field" by reducing the annual taxi licence fees.
It was also reported by Shannon Paterson of CTV News Vancouver that Lyft and Uber are now in the process of hiring drivers. Drivers must obtain a Class 4 licence by going through both knowledge and road tests, as noted by Paterson.
Over the years, there have been many well-documented cases of passengers from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) waiting long periods of time for taxis. Obviously, the introduction of both Uber and Lyft will help out with these issues.
Vancouver is also renowned for its efficicient TransLink public transportation system. In July, the American Public Transportation Association named TransLink the "2019 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award."
The city of Vancouver brought in a reported 10.3 million tourists for the year 2017. The introduction of ride-hailing just might help boost those numbers from here on out. And with city council laying out a plan to cut back on taxi licensing fees, the cab business shouldn't suffer much, if at all.
All in all, everybody is a winner as Uber and Lyft prepare to make the long overdue arrival in Vancouver.