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Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract

Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract

Uber and Lyft have been awarded a federal contract estimated to be worth up to $810 million over five years to offer ride-sharing services to public agency workers.

The contract was awarded Monday by the General Services Administration (GSA), according to both companies.

A spokesperson for GSA did not immediately respond to a request for further details about the award.

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The new contract will allow Uber and Lyft to formally launch their services within federal agencies.

“The expansion of our customer base to include government is a natural next step for us, and we’re proud to help federal agencies tackle some of the biggest administrative challenges they face,” Ronnie Gurion, global head of Uber for Business, said in a statement to The Hill.

A spokesperson for Lyft told The Hill that the company’s business line is “excited to expand our footprint to officially include federal agency employee travel programs.”

“Our strategy is to ensure that federal employees have the tools and ability to choose Lyft when they travel and that agencies can have visibility into their transportation programs,” they added.

The contracts had tentatively been awarded to Uber and Lyft in April.

The agency said in a blog post at the time that it had been able to negotiate discounts between 2 and 4 percent.