Lyft granted license by state to roll into gear

HELENA – The state Public Service Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve the license of Lyft Inc., making it the second app-based ride-sharing company in Montana.

A similar license was granted to Uber in December 2015 after changes to state law earlier that year paved the way for such companies to operate in Montana.

“The commission is satisfied that Lyft has met all of the statutory requirements established by the Legislature, and is a fit, willing and able operator,” Chairman Brad Johnson, R-East-Helena, said in a news release.