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March 4, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Ridesharing: Alternatives to taxis pushing the envelope

Uberx, Lyft, and Sidecar are certainly not using Seattle as a “chance to test their new technologies” [”City oversight won’t kill ride-service innovators,” Business / Technology, March 3]. They are already doing business in dozens of cities in the U.S. and around the world. Brier Dudley portrays the lobbying by rideshare companies as a…


0 Comments | More in Rideshare | Topics: Brier Dudley, David Chapin, Lyft

March 3, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Ridesharing: Why haven’t taxi companies innovated?

This proposed legislation limiting the number of drivers for Transportation Network Companies (uberX, Lyft, Sidecar) is atrocious for the citizens of Seattle — although it’s good news for the old taxi monopolies [“Seattle City Council members approve driver cap on rideshare services,” The Today File, Feb. 27]. The reasons for these restrictions given by council…


0 Comments | More in Rideshare | Topics: Lyft, Paul Gutowski, Seattle City Council

March 3, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Ridesharing: Don’t run innovative services out of town

What is the City Council thinking? [“Seattle City Council members approve driver cap on rideshare services,” The Today File, Feb. 27]. I grew up in the Seattle area and I choose to stay here because I believe in the progressiveness of this city. Since when did the leaders of this town decide to become…


0 Comments | More in Rideshare | Topics: Lyft, Nancy Teal Black, ridesharing

February 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ridesharing reduces congestion

The decision by the taxi committee of the Seattle City Council to restrict the number of uberX and other ridesharing providers makes little sense [“Seattle City Council members approve driver cap on rideshare services,” The Today File, Feb. 27]. Beside promoting free enterprise, ridesharing contributes to public safety by reducing drunken driving, safeguarding women…


0 Comments | More in Rideshare | Topics: Guy Detrick, Lyft, Rideshare

February 28, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Taxis: Losing a well-regulated industry would be a mistake

If we understand that Seattle’s cab industry were well-tolerated, and liked, then an explanation regarding the current high disdain (among certain groups) for the cab industry is what’s needed [“End taxi monopoly and protect rider safety,” Opinion, Feb. 23]. Poorly informed editorials about how glorious it is to undermine a regulated industry are…


0 Comments | Topics: Deborah Duggan, Lyft, ridesharing

February 24, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Call ride-sharing services for what they are: taxis

Giving a catchy name like ride-share to companies such as Lyft and Uber does not make them anything but what they are: taxis [“Seattle City Council postpones tough vote on uberX, Lyft and Sidecar,” Opinion Northwest, Feb. 14]. The only difference is that the taxi industry is highly regulated by the very same…


0 Comments | More in Rideshare | Topics: Lyft, ride-sharing, Roberta MacKinnon

February 16, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Ridesharing: Opponents are choosing one group of immigrant drivers over another

I was disappointed to read the guest column from Mike O’Brien and Rich Stolz [“Looking out for immigrant drivers in new taxi," Uber, Lyft laws,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. He claims that regulations protecting the Seattle taxi monopoly are really in place to protect our city’s immigrant population. This is an unfortunate line of attack…


0 Comments | More in Rideshare | Topics: Brooke Steger, Lyft, Mike O’Brien

December 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Ridesharing: We don’t all have smartphones

The Times editorial “City Council rideshare plan hurts innovation” [Opinion, Dec. 23] ignores a very important piece of the relevant policy considerations. The folks who use these new systems have smartphones; others cannot utilize any advantages rideshares might offer over taxis.

Even in tech-savvy Seattle, a substantial portion of the population does not have a smartphone. This is largely a function of economics, although personal choice may play a role for some who are affluent enough but chose to forego such a device.


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