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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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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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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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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

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With ride-sharing regulations, Lyft president says Seattle’s leaders will look bad on national stage

Seattle’s reputation as a leading city for innovation is about to take a hit. At least that’s what Lyft co-founder John Zimmer thinks. Speaking at Wednesday’s rally for supporters of the ride-sharing movement, Zimmer cautioned that if Seattle approves proposed regulations — which would cap the number of UberX, Lyft and Sidecar drivers to 300… Read More

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Uber reducing UberX prices up to 34% in 16 cities, including Seattle

If taxi companies were concerned about competition from the new ride-sharing startups, well, they probably will be a little more worried after Uber’s latest move. Today the transportation company announced that it is cutting prices for UberX — Uber’s lower-cost ride-sharing option — by up to 34 percent in 16 markets, including Seattle. “As you can… Read More

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Why Portland is keeping Uber out of the Rose City

If you were out ringing in the new year on Tuesday evening in Portland, Ore., finding a ride home may have been difficult: There are only 460 licensed taxis serving a city of more than a half-million residents. Uber, the San Francisco-based transportation network company that lets customers hail and pay for rides with their… Read More

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Live: Seattle City Council discusses controversial proposed ride-sharing regulations

We’re settled in here at City Hall as members of the Seattle City Council prepare to discuss proposed regulations for ride-sharing startups, which have angered companies like Sidecar, Lyft and Uber. The draft ordinance would require ride-sharing companies, among a bevy of other rules, to obtain a $50,000 annual license to operate as a transportation network company, and have no… Read More

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Lyft founder on proposed ride-sharing rules: ‘I thought Seattle wanted innovation’

Lyft co-founder John Zimmer picked Seattle as his company’s third market — Lyft is now in 20 cities — because he thought the area seemed like a leader of innovation and a place that embraced technology. But after seeing the City of Seattle’s proposed regulations for ride-sharing startups, he isn’t too sure. “We picked Seattle third because we… Read More

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Ride-sharing companies not shutting down in Seattle — for now

Ride-sharing startups like Sidecar, Lyft and UberX can continue to operate in Seattle without regulation — for now. The Seattle City Council committee on taxi, for-hire and limousine regulations is meeting right now to discuss possible elements of a permanent overall regulation reform package and what rules should be made in the interim. There was some speculation that… Read More

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Transportation study: Market for ride-sharing, for-hire vehicles ‘growing rapidly’ in Seattle

Those without their own vehicles in Seattle are looking for alternatives to taxis now more than ever. That’s the conclusion from a study conducted by Taxi Research Partners and the Tennessee Transportation & Logistics Foundation for the City of Seattle, which is trying to figure out how to regulate new ride-sharing startups like UberX, Sidecar… Read More

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Ahead of city council meeting, Lyft holds community rally to drum up support for ride-sharing

Ride-sharing startups like Uber, Sidecar and Lyft are certainly causing a stir across the country and especially here in Seattle, where taxi cab companies are protesting a serious new threat to their business. But companies like Lyft believe they provide a positive impact on the city, and to demonstrate this, Lyft is holding its second-ever… Read More

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Taking UberX in S.F. now cheaper than a cab

For San Francisco residents, getting a ride from Uber is now cheaper than hailing a cab. In a blog post, the company announced that rates for their low-cost UberX service in San Francisco would be getting a rather significant discount. The rates are the same as the official taxi fare card for San Francisco, but… Read More

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SideCar expands community-based ride-sharing platform to Seattle, offers $10 credit

There’s a new taxi-service in town, but the cars aren’t yellow and the drivers could very well be your next door neighbor. Introducing SideCar, a community-based ride-share marketplace that connects drivers with extra space in their cars to passengers needing to get somewhere. Founded in San Francisco this past June, SideCar picked Seattle as its first… Read More