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Number of UberX drivers in Seattle soars past 2,000

If you’re looking for a ride in Seattle these days, waiting for an Uber vehicle will likely not take more than 10 minutes. That’s because there are more Uber drivers on the city’s roads than ever. This is particularly true for UberX, Uber’s cheaper service that allows everyday people to use their own vehicles to transport people… Read More

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Seattle City councilmember explains why he voted against law that legalized Uber, Lyft

A majority of the Seattle City Council voted on Monday to approve a new regulatory framework for transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. But there was one councilmember who stood up and voiced concern with the new legislation that sets requirements for the startups, also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). Mike O’Brien does not think the… Read More

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Seattle legalizes Uber, Lyft to operate without caps

Transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar will finally be able to legally operate in Seattle. The City Council today voted 8-1 to approve legislation that provides a new regulatory framework for the San Francisco-based startups, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Monday’s vote ends a 15-month process that saw the city originally approve laws… Read More

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Seattle City Council repeals law that capped UberX, Lyft and Sidecar drivers

Earlier this year when the Seattle City Council set initial regulations for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, it seemed nobody was happy — taxi drivers included — with the regulations approved by the councilmembers. Fast forward five months, and my how things have changed. The Seattle City Council today voted 6-3 to repeal an ordinance that had capped the number of active… Read More

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Uber and Lyft still collecting signatures, as Seattle City Council considers new agreement

Despite reaching an agreement to allow Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to operate in Seattle legally, a coalition group is still collecting signatures from citizens — just in case the city’s lawmakers don’t approve the new set of rules. Earlier this month, the San Francisco-based startups — also known as transportation network companies (TNCs) — reached a new deal with… Read More

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Full text: How Uber and Lyft struck a deal in Seattle

The City of Seattle this morning released the full outline of the agreement that paves the way for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other app-based transportation networks to continue operating in Seattle without caps on their service. The deal, announced by Mayor Ed Murray yesterday, would allow the companies to continue operating in the city without any limit on the… Read More

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Seattle mayor reaches deal to legalize Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, without driver limits

It looks like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar are here to stay in Seattle. After more than one year of City Council meetings, protests and debate, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today announced an agreement between the major industry players, the taxi industry and city officials that will let app-based transportation services such as Lyft, Sidecar and… Read More

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American Express partners with Uber, lets users pay for rides with reward points

Last week, Lyft offered discounted cell phone bills and cheap spa treatments to drivers. Now, Uber is offering American Express rewards to cardholders who user their service. American Express today announced the new integration, which allows members of its loyalty rewards program to earn double the amount of points when they pay for Uber rides with their AmEx card…. Read More

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Uber to partner with non-profits in Seattle, will bring ‘innovation to community giving’

Fresh off its $17 billion valuation, Uber today announced a new initiative in Seattle that will establish partnerships with local non-profits. Called Uber Impact, the program will use Uber’s technology and brand to help create a campaign for one non-profit each month. “In the same way that Uber has changed the way people move around their… Read More

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Seattle mayor postpones cease-and-desist letter for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar

Taxi drivers and those working for transportation network companies (TNC) will have another week to iron out an agreement that will allow Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to operate legally in Seattle. Representatives from the San Francisco-based startups, taxi companies and City officials have spent the past month-and-a-half working with a negotiator to establish a new regulatory framework. Mayor Ed… Read More

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Frustrated Uber drivers form association to ‘protect dignity’ as Uber jabs at Teamsters

Uber and UberX drivers angry with how they’ve been treated formed a new association on Sunday. With the help of Teamsters Local 117, an organization that represents taxi drivers and helps unions across the Puget Sound region, the drivers approved by-laws and elected a leadership council for the “App-Based Drivers’ Association.” “Job security, wage gouging, public safety, and… Read More

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King County proposes ride-sharing legislation: No caps with emphasis on safety

While the City of Seattle figures out how to regulate app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar, King County officials are taking matters into their own hands. King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed legislation to regulate these “Transportation Network Companies” — “TNC” for short — which allow everyday drivers to shuttle people around… Read More

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Seattle may issue cease-and-desist letter to UberX, Lyft in 3 weeks

In less than three weeks, Seattle may issue a cease-and-desist letter to transportation companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar. Representatives from the San Francisco-based startups, taxi companies and City officials are currently in the midst of a negotiation process to establish a new regulatory framework that would allow Lyft, Uber and Sidecar to operate legally in Seattle. The… Read More

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Lyft partners with MetLife to ‘develop insurance solutions’

In an attempt to offer more protection for drivers and passengers, Lyft today announced a new partnership with MetLife. Details are scant, but the transportation company noted today in a blog post that it will “develop insurance solutions,” with MetLife in the coming months. “This arrangement is designed to help Lyft continue setting the highest… Read More

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Protestors attack Uber vehicles in Seattle, vow to take down a ‘disgusting tech company’

Uber is already battling the Seattle City Council over laws and regulations allowing the operation of its business. Now, though, it looks like the transportation company has a new opponent in the Emerald City. A group called The Counterforce, which has protested against tech companies in the past, spent Saturday evening “chasing down Uber cabs and… Read More