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By Kate Samuelson
September 1, 2017
Lyft Gives Up Pink Mustaches To Challenge Uber In New York City
The Lyft Inc. application (app) is demonstrated on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s for an arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
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Ride-hailing company Lyft has announced that drivers will now pick up passengers from any destination in 40 U.S. states.

A statement released by the company Friday states that nine out of 10 Americans now have access to a Lyft ride in minutes, and the service covers more than 94% of the country. The states which offer Lyft include Delaware, Nebraska, New Jersey, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

“Our smile is as big as our coverage area — and since we’ve got the largest coverage area of any rideshare service in the USA, that’s pretty big!” the statement adds.

The news of Lyft’s achievement comes at a time when its major competitor Uber has faced a slew of criticism and poor publicity. In the past year, the company has dealt with a #DeleteUber social media campaign, the loss of its CEO Travis Kalanick and allegations of sexual harassment.

In July, Lyft announced a partnership with Taco Bell and said it would soon begin testing something called “Taco Mode” in Orange County, which would allow riders to add a “pit stop” at a drive-thru between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The companies have promised a “nationwide rollout” by next year.