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July 22, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Denver police apologize to Seattle man for UberX traffic stop

The Associated Press DENVER — Denver’s police chief is apologizing to a Seattle man for his interaction with an officer who stopped the UberX car that was giving him a ride to the airport. Colorado legislators passed a law this year to implement a regulatory structure for ride-sharing companies like UberX, which use cellphone apps to connect riders…

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July 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

City Council to take up new ride-service compromise

The Seattle City Council is expected to vote Monday to repeal its ride-service ordinance passed earlier this year that put a cap on the number of cars accessible via smartphone apps at any one time. The following week, the council will consider a proposed compromise developed by Mayor Ed Murray and a group of rideshare companies, taxi companies…

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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…

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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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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…

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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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June 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Taxi drivers to demand regulation of ride-sharing services at Seattle City Hall

Taxi drivers will demand the regulation of ridesharing companies Lyft, Sidecar and UBERx at a City Hall rally this afternoon. After the 2 p.m. rally, the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTOA) plans to deliver a petition with more than 500 signatures to the Seattle City Council, according to Teamsters Local 117. Ridesharing services Lyft, Sidecar and…

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