The residents of Lehigh Valley of have been enjoying the perks of riding with Uber for all of their transportation needs. Like other cities throughout the country, Uber simplifies the way people travel and provides them with more options for getting from one destination to another. This is to say the same about Lyft.

Lyft realized the need for their services and recently decided to join the business opportunities in Lehigh Valley. This not only gives the residents more options. It also gives Uber competition in their industry. Lyft launched their services to the Lehigh Valley and Reading areas, Thursday at noon. The traveling company will cover Allentown, Easton, and Bethlehem regions. Lyft remains to be one of Uber’s strongest rivals. Uber decided to focus on Lehigh Valley in 2015. Since then, the company’s numbers have continued to grow. In a year’s time, the company has over 1,000 drivers and 25,000 riders that actively use their services.

Both companies choose to use the same layout, where a rider and driver are able to download the company’s app and began connecting with one another for traveling services. The program simplifies the process and provides a better way of doing business. One of the reasons that Lyft headed for the Lehigh Valley area was because a bill was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf, which allowed Uber, Lyft, and other ride-booking companies to operate their business anywhere in the U.S. This new law was put into effect on November 4th.

The decision followed years of regulatory battles, which had one battle that left Uber with an $11.4 million fine. Wolf was asked about his decision to pass the bill and this is what he had say, “This bill puts an end to any question about these companies operating in our commonwealth; especially in Philadelphia.”