An Immigrant’s Fare Fight

Taxi drivers have been hit by the arrival of Uber and Lyft—including many who are Ethiopian immigrants.

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Robel Berhan steers his blue and orange Union Cab with its empty backseat to Hotel Lucia on Southwest Broadway. Nothing. He heads to the Marriott. A line of other cabs blocks his way. He knows a   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Portland Taxi Companies Aren't Changing Prices to Compete with Uber


Portland's taxis are stubbornly refusing to go wild. Portland City Council removed price restrictions for cab companies when it legalized ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft on April 21. City Commissioner Steve Novick said he was responding to cab-company outcry by giving taxis a new means to compete with Uber's "surge pricing," which hikes fares during periods of high demand. Yet three weeks into the ...   More
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 AARON MESH

David Plouffe Tells Mayor Charlie Hales: Uber Will Help East Portland


Five months after cutting a deal that brought ride-hailing app Uber to Portland, company vice president David Plouffe and Mayor Charlie Hales faced off at a TechFestNW forum last night. Their conversation traveled to a surprising destination: East Portland.Plouffe pledged to Hales that Uber would provide city regulators with "anonymized, aggregated data" that would prove the San Francisco company was ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2015 AARON MESH

As Uber Returns, Portland City Hall Adds Teeth to Its Towing Rules


Back in December, WW reported that the city of Portland had discovered it lacked an important weapon in cracking down on illegal cabs: the authority to tow scofflaw taxis.Ride-hailing behemoth Uber and its competitor Lyft are now here with the City Council's blessing, thanks to an April 21 vote. But the ordinance clearing the companies' path contains fine print authorizing regulators to impound and ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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