Judge: Lyft to Operate in Kansas City Until Trial

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge says the Lyft ride-sharing service will be allowed to operate in Kansas City at least until September, when a trial is scheduled to consider city officials’ complaints about the service.

Lyft pairs passengers who use a smart phone app with drivers in their own vehicles.

District Judge Brian Wimes on Wednesday denied the city’s request for a temporary restraining order against the San Francisco-based company.

The Kansas City Star reports that the city maintains Lyft should follow the same regulations as taxicabs and limousine services. At least 16 Lyft drivers have been ticketed since the service began in the city.

A trial on the city’s objections is scheduled to begin Sept. 17.

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