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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…


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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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