City Hall Plans April 15 Vote to Let Uber and Lyft Pick up Passengers in Portland

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Portland city officials are preparing rule changes to allow ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to begin picking up passengers in the city by mid-April. Documents released this afternoon show the City Council is scheduled for an April 15 vote to give Uber and Lyft formal approval to operate in Portland with a "pilot program." That vote is expected to confirm much of the informal deal Mayor Charlie ...   More
 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Anna Walters and Aaron Mesh

Did Portland Forge a Kinder, Gentler Uber?

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For years, transportation app Uber forged a reputation for its unwillingness to compromise as it stormed with its ride-sharing program into various cities in defiance of local taxi rules. In December, however, Uber negotiated a truce with the city of Portland after trying to bring its services here. Now the company can't seem to stop pacifying the government regulators it once jeered. Mayor Charlie ...   More
 
Monday, February 2, 2015 AARON MESH

It's Not Just Uber Trying to Break Into Portland—Lyft is Lobbying, Too

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Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup that enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, today re-ignited its drive to get its service legalized in Portland. The company's PR blitz includes hiring a truck to deliver ice cream to City Hall—and comes seven months after the city's taxi board rejected Uber's demands to change Portland's rules for town cars. As WW reported this ...   More
 
Friday, July 18, 2014 AARON MESH

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