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June 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Deal jettisons driver caps for Seattle ride-service companies

Ride-service providers Lyft, Sidecar and uberX won’t be limited to 150 drivers on the street at a time under new regulations negotiated by the companies and Mayor Ed Murray’s office. The deal also would give hailing rights to taxi companies such as Eastside for Hire, allowing them to better compete. The city also will issue 200…


Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Ed Murray, Lyft, Seattle City Council

June 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Seattle mayor misses deadline to compromise on new ride-service rules

Today was Mayor Ed Murray’s self-imposed deadline to negotiate a regulatory compromise between the city of Seattle and companies providing illegal ride-services uberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. But mayor’s spokesman Jeff Reading says Murray is going to spend another week discussing city regulations that were initially set to go into effect in mid-April. According to…


Comments | Topics: Dow Constantine, Lyft, Mayor Ed Murray

March 17, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Seattle City Council OKs Lyft, uberX and Sidecar driver caps

Seattle on Monday became the first city to limit the number of drivers for so-called rideshare companies such as Lyft, uberX and Sidecar. The regulations, approved unanimously by the City Council, will limit each company to 150 drivers on the road at the same time, collectively limiting them to 450. UberX, Lyft and Sidecar — which…


Comments | Topics: Lyft, rideshares, Seattle City Council

December 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Alaska Airlines sponsoring free Uber rides to airport Dec. 23 and 24

Seattle taxi drivers who say they’re already facing enough competition from illegal phone-app-powered passenger services won’t like this: Alaska Airlines is sponsoring free UberBLACK and UberX rides from Seattle to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday and Tuesday. Using an Uber app, holiday travelers flying out of Seattle with any airline can be dropped off at Sea-Tac…


Comments | Topics: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, taxis, Uber

August 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Taxi cab operators protest at Seattle City Hall

UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. | The cab drivers started clearing out about 2 p.m. Dozens of taxis blocked off Fourth Avenue in front of Seattle City Hall this afternoon to let the city of Seattle know the drivers want ride-share operators to be regulated. Yellow Cab driver Salah Mohamed said he and other drivers created the loud downtown…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: protest, Seattle City Hall, taxis