TNC and Airport Updates
AGTA is committed to providing our members and the public with the latest industry information on Transportation Network Companies (TNC's) and their interactions with airports.
Uber says Newark deal could be model for state lawDate: April 20, 2016 \ Source: NorthJersey.com
Synopsis: The tentative, 10-year agreement between Uber and Baraka, which is being reviewed by city and Uber lawyers, would codify Uber’s existing driver background check and low-cost specialty commercial liability coverage — which state officials have warned may not provide adequate coverage for rideshare riders and drivers. Under the agreement Uber would pay the city $1 million a year to operate at Newark Liberty International Airport and adopt a zero tolerance policy on alcohol and drug abuse by drivers. Significantly, the deal would not require fingerprint checks, a provision Uber had strongly opposed on the state level.
California Senate Panel Blocks Bill Targeting Uber, Lyft Surge PricingDate: April 19, 2016 \ Source: CBS Sacramento
Synopsis: A California Senate on Tuesday blocked legislation aimed at preventing ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft from adjusting their prices based on demand, a practice known as “surge pricing” that is at the heart of the companies’ business models.
The bill would also have allowed stricter background checks for ride-sharing drivers and required the companies to report data to the state. It has drawn fierce opposition from the technology industry, which warns it would dismantle the popular ride-hailing companies.
Austin Has Failed to Collect Administrative Fee from Lyft and UberDate: April 19, 2016 \ Source: Aviation Pros
Synopsis: Uber and Lyft, despite having operated in Austin for 18 months under a city law saying ride-hailing companies would be charged an administrative fee, have not paid that fee.
Uber, Lyft shake up Pittsburgh's transportation systemDate: March 30, 2016 \ Source: triblive.com
Synopsis: Uber and Lyft drivers use their personal vehicles to transport passengers who request them with smartphones. Cab drivers whose bread-and-butter business is at the airport say their profits are being siphoned off by the ride-sharing companies, which don't have to operate by the same rules as traditional cab drivers.
Uber, Lyft to offer rides from airport starting TuesdayDate: March 15, 2016 \ Source: WISN.com
Synopsis: Starting March 16, travelers can have an Uber or Lyft driver pick them up at the Mitchell International Airport.
California bill would let gig workers organize, negotiateDate: March 9, 2016 \ Source: SFGate.com
Synopsis: Gig workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers, as well as many other contractors, would gain the right to collectively bargain over wages and working conditions under legislation being considered in California.
Uber’s Safety Protocols Questioned After Kalamazoo ShootingDate: Feb. 22, 2016 \ Source: Time.com
Synopsis: None of the six people killed in Michigan Saturday by Uber driver Jason Dalton were his passengers, but the shooting spree has brought a fresh round of scrutiny to how the fastest-growing startup in history vets its drivers.
What the Michigan shooting spree reveals about Uber’s background checksDate: Feb. 22, 2016 \ Source: The Washington Post
Synopsis: This incident comes just weeks after Uber settled two class-action lawsuits for $28.5 million after the company was accused of exaggerating the safety of its background checks. Despite using phrases such as "safest ride on the road" and "industry-leading background checks," the suits claimed, the company did not check drivers against the national sex-offender registry or employ fingerprint identification.
Uber driver suspected in Michigan shootings, six deadDate: Feb. 22, 2016 \ Source: Reuters.com
Synopsis: A Michigan man who worked as an Uber driver was under arrest on Sunday in the fatal shooting of six people in Kalamazoo, as police investigated reports he may have driven customers of the car-hailing service the night of the rampage.
9,000 Uber Drivers Planning to Disrupt Super Bowl With ProtestDate: Feb. 2, 2016 \ Source: The Observer
Synopsis: Uber drivers along with many, many more are planning to assemble this Sunday for a protest that will disrupt the Super Bowl, set to be held at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco. Specifically, they plan to congest the highways leading to the stadium and even the area around the stadium itself. Thousands of drivers are expected to attend.
Uber deal with Knoxville airport approved by authority’s boardDate: Jan. 21, 2016 \ Source: The Knoxville New Sentinel
Synopsis: The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority on Wednesday approved an agreement with Uber for its drivers to serve customers at McGhee Tyson Airport, and approved a formal process to govern such operations. Knoxville now becomes the third Tennessee city, along with Nashville and Memphis, to have an operating agreement with Uber.
Uber Must Balance Between Safety and AffordabilityDate: Jan. 20, 2016 \ Source: GovTech
Synopsis: Buffalo, N.Y., is the largest city in the country that Uber does not operate in because of a statewide restriction. Aside from NYC, the ride-sharing service is not permitted to operate due to concerns over passenger safety.
New Zealand Wellington Airport cracks down on Uber to 'level playing field'Date: Dec. 15, 2015 \ Source: TVNZ
Synopsis: Wellington Airport Communications Manager Briarley Laban said the company was "working on the licensing process with Uber to ensure a level playing field for all taxi operators. The Uber drivers when picking up airport passengers need to fall under the same registration, licensing and customer service standards required by all operators at the airport whether they are part of a taxi company, an individual operator or shuttles," Ms Laban said.
AGTA issues Naples and Sarasota Traveler Safety AlertDate: Jan. 14, 2016 \ Source: AGTA
Synopsis: Airport ground transportation travelers in Sarasota and Naples, Florida need to know that there are no longer any public safeguards with respect to vehicles for hire in these areas. Sarasota City and Collier County Commissioners have completely deregulated both economic and safety regulations for all vehicles for hire.
More people in fewer carsDate: Dec. 8, 2015 \ Source: Uber Newsroom
Synopsis: Uber helps use today’s existing infrastructure more efficiently at no extra cost by getting more butts into the backseats of fewer cars. uberPOOL, uberHOP, and uberCOMMUTE Pilot are new services through Uber that are currently being piloted in select US cities.
Ninth Circuit Won’t Review Uber Driver Class Certification DecisionDate: Nov. 23, 2015 \ Source: The National Law Review
Synopsis: "The individuals providing services in our new "sharing" economy are caught in an undefined space – are they employees or independent contractors? O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. is an important (and believed to be the leading) case that aims to answer that question."
The Uber Airport Rules for 11 Major Cities in the U.S.Date: Nov. 15, 2015 \ Source: Lifehacker
Synopsis: "Uber is a convenient way to get around most cities, but airport rides can be tricky. It’s possible to use Uber for dropping off and picking up at airports in some cities, but there are rules and drawbacks to be aware of. Travel + Leisure lays them out."
More car-sharing options may be offered at Minneapolis-St. Paul International AirportDate: Oct. 27, 2015 \ Source: Star Tribune
Synopsis: "Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may soon expand testing to see whether the flourishing car-sharing economy works for travelers and employees alike."
No happy ending yet in airport taxi labour disputeDate: Oct. 27, 2015 \ Source: Ottowa Community News
Ottowa Update: "As the taxi dispute stretches into its 12th week, the union representing the airport fleet of cab drivers is still hopeful for a happy ending."
More Car-sharing Options May Be Offered At Minneapolis-St. Paul International AirportDate: Oct. 26, 2015 \ Source: Aviation Pros
Synopsis: "The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which operates the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, is expected to consider an 18-month pilot program using three car-sharing companies -- Car2Go, Zipcar and Hourcar. "
Uber Granted Access to Airports in 'Compromise' Worth $48 MillionDate: Oct. 26, 2015 \ Source: DNA Info.
Synopsis: "Uber, Lyft and Sidecar were granted access to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports, McCormick Place and Navy Pier in a deal valued at $48 million in new revenue by Budget Director Alexandra Holt."
Unifor calls for binding arbitration in airport taxi disputeDate: September 15, 2015 \ Source: CBC News Ottowa
Synopsis: "The Canadian head of Unifor, the taxi drivers' union, is calling on the province for binding arbitration to bring an end to the Ottawa airport taxi dispute, which is now entering a sixth week."
Uber, Lyft begin in Vegas without Clark Co. licensesDate: September 14, 2015 \ Source: FOX5 KVVU TV
Synopsis: "The fact that Clark County has not laid the legal groundwork yet for ride-sharing companies did not deter Uber and Lyft from sending its drivers out to Las Vegas on Tuesday."
Uber, Lyft begin in Vegas without Clark Co. licensesDate: September 14, 2015 \ Source: FOX5 KVVU TV
Synopsis: "The fact that Clark County has not laid the legal groundwork yet for ride-sharing companies did not deter Uber and Lyft from sending its drivers out to Las Vegas on Tuesday."
Airport limo, taxi drivers want Uber, Lyft on level playing fieldDate: September 4, 2015 \ Source: The Tampa Tribune
Executive Director's Comment: "We once more see Uber attempting to use the old and completely discarded arguments that they are a technology company and thus should not have to conform to any ground transportation requirements of the airport. Tampa officials are right in demanding that Uber be required to meet the same safety and insurance standards as other ground transportation companies serving the airport."
Uber hired a convicted murderer who applied with a fake name, complaint claimsDate: August 19, 2015 \ Source: Yahoo Finance
Synopsis: Because of flaws in Uber's background-checking system, 25 drivers with criminal records — including murder, child abuse, and assault — were allowed to drive for the ride-hailing service in San Francisco and Los Angeles, according a complaint filed Wednesday by the San Francisco District Attorney's office.
Need a Taxi to the Airport? Options Expanding Beyond UberDate: August 10, 2015 \ Source: The New York Times
Synopsis: New ride-sharing alternatives — such as Via, Bandwagon, Tripda and RideWith — are springing up in major cities and at airports. At the same time, established car services like Uber and Lyft are continuing to expand to more corners of the world while adding bells and whistles like Starbucks rewards points, free beach bags and on-demand water taxis.
Six council members question plan to let Uber, Lyft pick up at LAXDate: July 29, 2015 \ Source: Los Angeles Times
Synopsis: Citing "significant questions" over equity and public safety, six members of the Los Angeles City Council said Wednesday that they want to reexamine the new rules that would allow Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.
Who's Driving You? - Taxi's, TNCs and deregulation: Is history repeating itself?Date: July 22, 2015 \ Source: Who's Driving You is an initiative of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA)
Synopsis: ‘Who’s Driving You?’ is a public awareness campaign promoting for-hire vehicle safety and highlighting the risks of Uber and Lyft.
Airport adds Lyft as ground transport option - Rideshare section of passenger pickup zone addedDate: July 22, 2015 \ Source: Cincinnati's WLWT5
Synopsis: Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport adds Lyft as a ride-sharing option for passengers.
Can I Uber or Lyft after I land? It's complicated. Here's your airport cheat sheetDate: July 22, 2015 \ Source: Los Angeles Times
Synopsis: This article includes a quick guide for airports in the Southland, elsewhere in the U.S. and a few overseas that allow ride-sharing vehicles to pick-up and drop off at the airport curb. The ride-sharing rules and regulations for these airports are also included in the article.
Uber should be suspended in California and fined $7.3 million, judge saysDate: July 15, 2015 \ Source: Los Angeles Times
Synopsis: In her decision, chief administrative law judge Karen V. Clopton of the California Public Utilities Commission contended that Uber has not complied with state laws designed to ensure that drivers are doling out rides fairly to all passengers, regardless of where they live or who they are.
Uber, Lyft carpooling bill pulled ahead of key committee voteDate: July 13, 2015 \ Source: The Sacramento Bee
Synopsis: TNCs expansion into the shared ride ground transportation market slowed - derailed for now
SAV airport cracking down on Uber driversDate: June 29, 2015 \ Source: WJCL News
Synopsis: The Savannah airport is trying to pump the brakes on Uber drivers until regulations are in place.
Officials consider Uber, Lyft services at San Jose airportDate: June 23, 2015 \ Source: ABC7 News - KGO Bay Area & San Francisco News
Synopsis: The San Jose City Council could approve a program that would allow ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft to gain a stronger foothold at the airport serving Silicon Valley.
Lyft to pay $300K in agreement with stateDate: June 16, 2015 \ Source: Crain's New York Business
Synopsis: Under terms reached with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Lyft drivers will be required to purchase New York state insurance.
How to end the car-service mess at New York City's airports
Date: June 16, 2015 \
Source: Crain's New York Business
The city should improve for-hire vehicles' access to LaGuardia and JFK, not reduce it.
Synopsis: Car-service apps such as Uber and Lyft can provide an important new method of airport transportation for the millions who use our airports. However, too many black cars are circling the airports and idling in front of terminals while waiting for an electronic dispatch, or e-hail.
Stop Uber, Lyft at airport to avoid 'anarchy on the curbs,' aviation director saysDate: June 2, 2015 \ Source: SunSentinel
Synopsis: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is being swarmed by unlicensed, underground taxi drivers for the companies Uber and Lyft, Broward County 's aviation director complained. He wants them stopped.
Lawsuit reignites Miami-Dade policy fight over Uber, LyftDate: February 10, 2015 \ Source: The Miami Herald
Synopsis: In response to Miami-Dade county essentially allowing illegal ride-for-hire services to exist for more than a year and a half, three taxicab companies and four chauffeur-permit owners have sued Lyft and Uber, asking a Miami federal court to prohibit the ride-for-hire companies from operating and force them to pay damages for hurting their business.
Uber drivers could be ticketed by GSP airport policeDate: January 8, 2015 \ Source: WYFF4 Greenville
Synopsis: No permits issued to ride-sharing service until legal status resolved
DIA to charge fees of Uber, Lyft as it licenses ride-share servicesDate: November 25, 2014 \ Source: http://www.bizjournals.com
Synopsis: Lyft will pay a fee to Denver International Airport for passengers taken to and from the airport under new permit rules for ride-sharing services.
Lyft inks deal with Denver International to pick up, drop off passengersDate: November 25, 2014 \ Source: http://www.geekwire.com
Synopsis: Lyft is officially allowed to operate at Denver International Airport.
Mayor welcomes Uber to Santa Fe, but local cab company objectsDate: November 19, 2014 \ Source: http://www.abqjournal.com
Synopsis: Not everyone is happy about the arrival of Uber, which has seen its share of controversy in recent days.
TAXI CAB PROTEST CREATES TRAFFIC JAM AT SFODate: November 18, 2014 \ Source: http://abc7news.com
Synopsis: Taxi drivers are refusing to pick up passengers at San Francisco International Airport's Domestic Arrival Terminal in a protest against Uber and Lyft.
Orlando International suit wants Uber drivers off airport propertyDate: November 18, 2014 \ Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com
Synopsis: Orlando International Airport is suing Uber, ordering its drivers to stay off its property and seeking $150,000 in damages because the ride-sharing company isn't paying any fees.
What Houston's airports will look like with Uber and LyftDate: November 17, 2014 \ Source: http://www.bizjournals.com
Synopsis: The new rules approved Nov. 12 by the Houston City Council create a geofence, or a virtual fence constructed by the ridesharing companies, said Carl Newman, general manager for George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Cabs Cause Gridlock At SFO To Protest Uber, Lyft And SidecarDate: November 17, 2014 \ Source: http://techcrunch.com
Synopsis: At San Francisco International Airport this evening, a large group of Bay Area taxi drivers has decided to make picking passengers up nearly impossible in an effort to protest the airport’s recent decision to allow ride-sharing companies to operate on its premises.
Orlando International Airport sues ridesharing service UberUber drivers need proper permits, lawsuit saysDate: November 17, 2014 \ Source: http://www.wesh.com
Synopsis: Orlando International Airport is suing ride-sharing service Uber, claiming the drivers need to comply with the established process for getting permits to do pick-ups at the airport.
Orlando International Airport files lawsuit against UberGreater Orlando Aviation Authority says Uber not complying with airport rulesDate: November 17, 2014 \ Source: http://www.clickorlando.com
Synopsis: The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority said in a statement that there is a cost with providing ground transportation services at the airport and it must provide equal access and treatment to all companies.
Wingz Joins List Of Ridesharing Companies Permitted To Operate At SFODate: November 13, 2014 \ Source: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com
Synopsis: Wingz, a company that connects passengers looking for rides to and from airports with drivers through a mobile app, will begin legally operating at SFO in the next 30 days, airport officials said.
City to allow ride-share operators at Houston airportsDate: November 12, 2014 \ Source: www.chron.com
Synopsis: App-based ride service companies such as Uber will be allowed to pick up passengers at Houston airports under rules City Council approved Wednesday.
Ride-share operators gain prized access to Houston airportsDate: November 12, 2014 \ Source: http://www.houstonchronicle.com
Synopsis: Uber and other app-based ride service companies won coveted access to Houston's airports Wednesday when the City Council quietly passed new regulations.
Why doesn't CVG allow Uber and Lyft rideshare services?Date: November 11, 2014 \ Source: http://www.bizjournals.com
Synopsis: CVG mandates proper licensing and insurance of all ground transportation operators and ridesharers currently do not meet those requirements.
Uber stops pickups at airportDate: November 8, 2014 \ Source: http://www.post-gazette.com
Synopsis: Ride-sharing company Uber is removing Pittsburgh International Airport as a pickup option for its drivers, after the company said it received reports that police were stopping and ticketing its drivers there.
District court sides with Uber, dumps Nevada restraining orderDate: October 30, 2014 \ Source: Tech Times
Synopsis: District Court judge denies a restraining order filed by the office of Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to prohibit the ridesharing company from operating in Clark County.
San Francisco Airport First in the U.S. to Reach Deals With Uber, LyftDate: October 21, 2014 \ Source: http://www.mashable.com
Synopsis: The airport announced that it had entered into a permit agreement with Sidecar last week, and Uber and Lyft revealed similar deals on Monday. The authorization deals make the airport the first in the country to permit both Uber and Lyft.
Uber and Lyft Drivers Told to Ignore Regulations: Companies Pay Airport Citations for DriversDate: October 12, 2014 \ Source: http://www.nbcbayarea.com
Synopsis: Drivers for Uber and Lyft say their companies are telling them to ignore regulations. If they get caught, the drivers say the companies will pay the citation, which can cost several hundred dollars.
Nashville airport first in U.S. to allow Uber, LyftDate: September 25, 2014 \ Source: http://www.tennessean.com
Synopsis: Uber and Lyft have gotten the green light to pick up curbside passengers at the Nashville International Airport, the first U.S. airport to officially recognize the popular ride-sharing services.
Uber Infiltrates Chicago Airports Thanks To Partnership With United AirlinesDate: August 20, 2014 \ Source: Consumerist.com
Synopsis: United Airline has launched a service that allows passengers to use the United Airlines mobile app to find UberTaxi information.
AGTA TNC Update and WarningDate: July 5, 2014 \ Source: Dr. Ray Mundy, AGTA Executive Director
Synopsis: AGTA Executive Director issues TNC warning to all airports.
"FORBES: UBER is the Next dot.com bubble to go Belly-up"Date: July 28, 2014 \ Source: http://www.forbes.com
Synopsis: "A world with less pollution and no traffic jams, where taxis are cheap and safe and you never have to wait for a pickup: It’s a rosy vision Uber is peddling, and venture capitalists, those professional optimists, are fully on board. An app-based service that lets anyone in need of a ride summon one within minutes, Uber recently raised $1.2 billion at a valuation of $18 billion, making it, on paper, one of the world’s biggest transportation companies, more valuable than such venerable competitors as Hertz, Avis and United Airlines."
"Lawsuits Could End Uber In The U.S. And Boost Hertz And Avis"Date: July 17, 2014 \ Source: http://www.seekingalpha.com (NOTE: Site requires free registration)
Synopsis: "Two class action lawsuits could make Uber Technologies Inc.'s business model untenable in the United States, a situation that could be a boon for rental car companies Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE:HTZ) and Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR). Even though it might be hard to grasp, Hertz and Avis Budget are Uber's biggest competitors in the ride-sharing business on two levels..."
Texas insurance industry to Uber: Slow DownDate: July 24, 2014 \ Source: http://www.khou.com
Synopsis: "HOUSTON -- It’s a transportation company that’s growing at record speeds, but some are saying slow down and put on the brakes because when it comes to insurance coverage you may not be safe.“It does concern us,” said Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas as he spoke of Uber. “We have 20 different states looking at this and no one really has come up with a solution.”"
AGTA: Stay out of RDU, Uber and LyftDate: July 10, 2014 \ Source: Triangle Business Journal
Synopsis: "AGTA states that ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are operating illegally at major airports - including RDU."
Proposed TNC Permit by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Date: July 5, 2014 \ Source: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Synopsis: A proposed permit for the legal operating of TNC's at LAX.
California Threatens To Shut Down Uber, Lyft, Sidecar Over Airport RidesDate: June 12, 2014 \ Source: http://www.forbes.com
Synopsis: Driver assaults and incomplete insurance may not be car service apps’ biggest regulatory hurdles — it may be airports.
PUC puts TNC's on noticeDate: June 10, 2014 \ Source: Public Utilities Commission, State of California
Synopsis: Michael Peevey, President of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco responds to John Martin, SFO Airport Director's request for assistance in enforcing TNC permit issues.
SFO Issues 2 Letters Regarding TNC's Operating at the AirportDate: May 19, 2014 \ Source: Airport Commission, City of San Francisco
Synopsis: John Martin, SFO Airport Director writes to Michael Peevey, President of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco requesting assistance in enforcing TNC permit issues. The second letter, also from John Martin, is written to the SFO Airport Commission and provides a status update on TNC's operating at and on SFO airport property including statistics and incidents involving TNC operators. Follow the download link to view the online article.
Uber, Lyft illegally operate on airport property, SFO chief saysDate: May 16, 2014 \ Source: San Francisco Business Times
Synopsis: Drivers for Uber, Lyft and other smartphone-dispatched "ridesharing" companies operate illegally at San Francisco Airport and routinely violate various new state regulations, according to SFO Director John Martin. Follow the download link to view the online article.
Uber is working on a plan to fix airports.Date: May 5, 2014 \ Source: BusinessInsider.com
Synopsis: Uber is looking at ways that transportation in and around airports might be changed in such a way that — in theory — airports could carry more passengers, more efficiently. Click the download link to visit the Business Insider.com website and read the entire article.
Dr. Ray Mundy offers written testimony to Illinois State SenateDate: March 13, 2014 \ Source: UM-SL Center for Transportation Studies
Synopsis: Dr. Ray Mundy, Executive Director of the Airport Ground Transportation Association (AGTA) and Barriger Professor of Logistics & Transportation - Director Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri in Saint Louis offers written testimony to the Illinois State Senate Transportation Committee on: Closing the Insurance Gap: Examining Insurance Practices of For-Profit Commercial Rideshare Companies Operating in Illinois. Click the download link to view a copy of the letter.
Tickengo, Inc. warned to avoid breaking the rules at SJC airportDate: March 5, 2014 \ Source: San Jose International Airport
Synopsis: Kim Becker Aguirre, Director of Aviation at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California authors a letter to Geoff Mathieux of Tickengo, Inc of Daly city CA warning that Tickengo is looking to be categorized as a Transportation Network Company in California and is therefore subject to both California Public Utilities Commission requirements as well as those operating standards put in place by SJC Airport. The public letter advises that Tickengo will be cited on airport property if they are seen picking up passengers at the airport after March 3, 2014. Click the download link to view a copy of the letter.
Life as an Uber Driver: It's Just Not FareDate: February 3, 2014 \ Source: HuffingtonPost.com.com
Synopsis: Author hears about the service and gives it a try. He then thinks... this is a great way to make some money so he becomes an Uber driver. He learns that it is not all that it is cracked up to be: "If you haven't yet heard of Uber, the app which allows you to summon a driver basically at will and be taken anywhere you want to go at rates way cheaper than your local car/taxi service, you're living under a rock. Being a resident of Hoboken, and hearing numerous folks tell me they would never take a taxi again, I decided to try it for myself at Newark airport... and boy was it awesome. Not only did a car show up at my terminal within three minutes of requesting one, as a first time "Uberer" I was given a $20.00 credit -- bringing my total charge for the trip to a whopping $11.00.
Sidecar, uberX halt pickup service at Los Angeles airportDate: January 31, 2014 \ Source: CNBC.com
Synopsis: Ride-sharing services provided by companies such as Lyft, Sidecar and uberX have become popular, if somewhat controversial, lower-cost alternatives to traditional taxicabs in many cities and at many airports. The services match people who need rides with mobile app-dispatched citizen drivers willing to provide rides and accept a fee. But, citing an aggressive stance by authorities at Los Angeles International Airport for issuing citations to drivers picking up passengers there, Uber and Sidecar have recently pulled the plug on that part of their LAX service.
Atlanta's taxi industry declares war on Uber, LyftDate: January 30, 2014 \ Source: CLATL.com
Synopsis: Maintaining a taxi company in Atlanta has become increasingly difficult. For the past two years, Hewatt and his colleagues have watched startup car service Uber, and more recently Uber's pink-mustachioed competitor Lyft, aggressively muscle their way into Atlanta's ground transportation industry, gobbling up taxi business in the process.