Portland area gets ridesharing Lyft

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PORTLAND — San Francisco-based Lyft has become the second on-demand transportation company to enter Maine.

Company spokeswoman Tori Thompson said the ridesharing company launched its services July 29, serving the greater Portland area from Freeport to Old Orchard Beach and as far west as Gorham. 

Uber, which is also San Francisco-based, began operating in Portland in October 2014. Both companies use independent drivers who respond to passenger requests through a smartphone app.

Lyft was founded in 2012 and serves more than 200 cities in the United States and Asia. Maine is the third New England state served by Lyft, which also operates in areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.