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Ridesharing in B.C.: Uber expands to Abbotsford, Langley Township

Ride-hailing companies look at expansion as demand increases in Metro Vancouver
As COVID restrictions lift and people feel more comfortable with leaving their neighbourhood bubble, ride-hailing companies are seeing an uptick in demand. As Jennifer Palma reports, drivers are now picking up in Abbotsford, Aldergrove and Langley.

Uber is expanding to more communities in B.C.’s Lower Mainland: Abbotsford, Aldergrove and all of Langley Township.

As of 11 a.m. on Thursday, residents will be able to book ridesharing through the Uber app.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the company said drivers and riders will be asked to take extra precautions, such as drivers submitting photos of themselves to show they are wearing face coverings.

It will also provide personal protective equipment to its delivery staff, if requested. So far, Uber said it has provided more than 55,000 pieces of protective gear in the Lower Mainland.

Read more: Lyft, Uber approved to pick up and drop off across Lower Mainland

Earlier this month, the City of Vancouver signed off on inter-municipal ridesharing licences for Lyft and Uber to pick up and drop off passengers across the region with just one licence.

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-with files from Richard Zussman