Uber is Making Its Drivers Register with the City of Portland by Noon Tomorrow

UPDATE: Company will begin running cars at 2 pm Friday.

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UPDATE, 3:55 pm: Uber spokeswoman Kate Downen tells WW the company has finished its city paperwork and will begin running cars at 2 pm Friday.ORIGINAL POST, 2:58 pm: When Portland City Council legalized Uber on Tuesday, it added a significant new piece of regulation to keep an eye on its drivers. City Commissioner Dan Saltzman added a last-second amendment requiring Uber to confirm its drivers have ...   More
 
Thursday, April 23, 2015 AARON MESH

Commissioner Amanda Fritz—An Uber Foe—Is Still Allowing Taxis to "Go Wild" Right Away

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She may be Portland City Hall’s biggest Uber hater, but City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is not standing in the way of letting the deregulation of cabs in Portland to wait at the curb.On Tuesday, City Council voted to legalize Uber and other ride-hailing companies. Fritz voted against the plan, put forth by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, that welcomed Uber and its competitor Lyft ...   More
 
Thursday, April 23, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Portland City Council Legalizes Uber and Lyft

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Uber is legal in Portland. Five months after the San Francisco ride-hailing company started running cars in defiance of City Hall, Portland's elected officials legalized Uber and its top competitor, Lyft. Tonight's vote will allow the companies to begin operations as soon as this week.Over the jeers and boos of taxi drivers, the City Council voted 3-2 to launch a four-month test program that green-lights ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 AARON MESH

Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber

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Uber is back, baby. Lyft is almost legal. Portland's cab companies are wild with rage.And everything hinges on a City Council vote Tuesday night.Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick ended three months of waffling with a bold play announced Friday afternoon. Their new plan is the first breakthrough on ride-hailing apps in PDX since Hales shooed Uber out of town last December. It could let ...   More
 
Monday, April 20, 2015 AARON MESH

Buckle Up: ‘Taxis Gone Wild’ May Come to Pass in Portland

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A city experiment to deregulate Portland’s taxi industry—deemed “Taxis Gone Wild,” by City Commissioner Steve Novick—gained speed today, at a meeting where a special task force voted on rules to govern the Uber and other ride-hailing companies.   Uber and Lyft are set to roll back to town mid-month for a 120-day pilot period. In preparation of their arrival, the task force has been ...   More
 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

City May Require Uber To Share Its Ride Data

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After Mayor Charlie Hales brokered a deal in December allowing Uber and competitors to come back Portland this month, a big question loomed: Would Uber share it’s tightly-held data with city regulators so they could create policies to govern the tech giant?The latest set of rules drafted by a special task force are pointing to yes—Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing companies will likely have ...   More
 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Portland City Hall May Allow Uber's "Surge Pricing"—Except in Emergencies

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Uber is rolling back into Portland this month. And it looks like the company will be allowed to bring its controversial "surge pricing" with it.Draft recommendations from Portland officials, who are creating new rules for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, show the city plans to mostly allow Uber's "surge pricing"—which hikes fares when demand is high. The exception? Portland will bar surge pricing ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Anna Walters and Aaron Mesh

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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