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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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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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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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Seattle will issue cease-and-desist to ride-sharing companies if deal can’t be reached

Seattle will issue a ceast-and-desist letter to app-based transportation startups like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar if an agreement between the companies, taxi drivers and city leaders cannot be made by the end of May. In an interview with GeekWire today, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said that he will spend the next 45 days working with stakeholders… Read More

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Seattle ride-sharing regulations suspended; Mayor wants to negotiate with stakeholders

Seattle’s ride-sharing controversy just took an unexpected turn. A coalition group has collected enough signatures to suspend a newly-passed ordinance regulating companies like UberX and Lyft, and now Mayor Ed Murray wants to work with all stakeholders to reach a new agreement. The group, which received more than $400,000 in donations from Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, submitted more than… Read More

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Angry Uber drivers complain about company: ‘We’re treated a little better than slaves’

Uber, the fast-growing San Francisco app-based transportation startup, has another problem to deal with in Seattle: Angry drivers who say they’re being treated like slaves. Former and current Uber drivers gathered on Sunday afternoon to discus what they call “unjust working conditions.” They met to talk about a possible union and address concerns about Uber’s… Read More

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Seattle’s ride-sharing rules headed for city-wide vote — with one potential roadblock

The fate of app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar may soon be decided by the people of Seattle. A coalition group that is collecting petition signatures to suspend a newly-passed ordinance regulating those companies tells GeekWire that it expects to easily surpass the number of signatures required for a city-wide vote. “We’re very pleased with how… Read More

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Lyft raises $250M Series D round, eyes international expansion

Lyft may be battling city governments for the right to conduct business, but that isn’t stopping investors from putting millions of dollars behind the app-based transportation company. Today Lyft announced a $250 million Series D round, which brings total funding for the company up to $333 million. The latest round comes from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz,… Read More

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Fighting Seattle City Council: Coalition group aims to suspend ride-sharing legislation

A new coalition group in Seattle wants to collect enough petition signatures in hopes of suspending a newly-passed ordinance that regulates app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar. The coalition, named “Keep Seattle’s Ride Options,” was formed by Seattle residents and has the support of UberX, Lyft and Sidecar. The goal is to override… Read More

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Uber transportation service coming to Tacoma in April

Heads up, Tacoma taxi drivers: You’re about to have new competition. Just weeks after Lyft and Sidecar began offering their transportation service in Washington’s third-largest city, Uber announced today that it will offer rides in the region next month. In a blog post, Uber includes a link for interested drivers and a form for businesses that… Read More

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Uber shares commercial insurance policy just days after leak

For the past several months, members of the Seattle City Council have called out companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar for not sharing their insurance policies, saying that they need to see the documents in order to help form requirements for regulation. Now, though, Uber has answers — but only after an anonymous leaker revealed the… Read More

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Lyft to battle Seattle City Council: ‘We’re prepared to fight for your right to share rides’

Even though the Seattle City Council already voted to enact laws that will regulate app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar, the California-based startups are still letting their displeasure be heard. Today, Lyft sent out an email to customers with a subject line titled, “Defending your right to Lyft.” In the letter, Lyft employee… Read More

Salah Mohamed, a 14-year Seattle taxi veteran, says he doesn’t mind competition from companies like Uber but wants a level-playing field for all transportation providers. Photo courtesy of Mohamed.

Taxi drivers defend suit against Uber in Seattle, say they want level playing field

Taxicab drivers in Seattle are suing Uber not because they’re scared of competition. In fact, they say they welcome it. Rather, members of The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association argue that their lawsuit is all about fairness. Their comments, in interviews with GeekWire, add more context to the suit’s clam that Uber’s service “engages in an unlawful and… Read More

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Seattle-area taxi association sues Uber for ‘unlawful and deceptive business practice’

The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association is suing Uber, the app-based transportation company, for operating illegally in Seattle and King County. The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, claims that Uber’s service has violated city, county and state laws, and “engages in an unlawful and deceptive business practice which harms the economic interests of taxicab… Read More