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December 31, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Boise issues cease and desist letter to Uber

BOISE — City of Boise officials say Uber ignored its promise to not charge for driver services within city limits while negotiating an operating agreement for the ride-share company. The city sent Uber a cease and desist letter Wednesday morning — the same day the ride-hailing app declared would be its busiest night ever for those…

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July 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Seattle council repeals ride-service regulations

The Seattle City Council, in a 6-3 vote today, repealed regulations it approved just months ago for app-dispatched ride services like uberX and Lyft. With hopes of ending a year-and-a-half-long debate over how to fairly and safely regulate all ride services, including taxis and for-hire vehicles, most if not all council members hinted they were ready…

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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…

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April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Rideshare companies move toward forcing vote on new rules

Seattle’s rideshare services submitted signatures today to place a referendum on the August ballot that would overturn new regulations limiting their numbers. Brad Harwood, spokesman for Keep Seattle’s Ride Options, said the group has collected “way more” than the 16,510 signatures needed to get the measure before voters. The city is  immediately blocked from enforcing…

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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…

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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…

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December 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Free rides to the airport on Dec. 23 & 24

Need a ride to the airport next week? If you’re flying out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Dec. 23rd or 24th and need a ride to the airport, you can request a lift through Uber ride service and Alaska Airlines will pay the tab. To take advantage of the promotional offer, open the Uber application, which is…

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