Ever Wonder What Uber Drivers Make?

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The jury is still out on whether Uber will relinquish customer data to the city of Portland come April, when some regulations on taxis are set to be lifted. But maybe the so-called ride-sharing company made transparency headway today when it released results of a commissioned study revealing wages and demographics for its drivers. According to The Washington Post: Uber drivers in many of the company's ...   More
 
Thursday, January 22, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Taxis Jam Pioneer Courthouse Square to Protest City's Accommodation of Ride-Sharing Giant Uber

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Taxis by the dozen parked in Pioneer Courthouse Square today as their drivers protested the city of Portland’s efforts to invite ride-sharing giant Uber into the city. Drivers and other for-hire transportation advocates said the city’s accommodation of Uber threatens the livelihoods of the drivers who work in Portland now. “Anytime you add cabs it takes wages,” says Michael Marion, a Radio ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Gabriella Dunn and Anna Walters

Portland Cab Companies Prepare to Fight Uber with the "Transportation Fairness Alliance"

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Mayor Charlie Hales is hoping to solve the dilemma posed by ride-sharing giant Uber with two months of deregulating the cab industry—an era nicknamed "Taxis Gone Wild."Instead, the cab companies have gotten organized.Five taxi companies announced today they've formed a lobbying group called the Transportation Fairness Alliance. The group—which includes Radio Cab, Green Cab, Portland Taxi Cab, Union ...   More
 
Thursday, January 8, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland Considering Permits for 377 New Taxis

Competition for Uber could include EcoCab and Rainbow Cab

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When Uber returns to Portland in April, it could face new competition. City Commissioner Steve Novick has told the city’s taxi board to tackle its backlog of 377 permit applications from 10 cab companies. (Portland now has just 460 licensed cabs.) The Private-for-Hire Transportation Board of Review has been accused of protecting the interests of existing taxi companies. But the board's manager, Frank ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AARON MESH

Few Uber Allies

Car-sharing-app company Uber does two things: grow and devour.


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Like Audrey II, the talking plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the car-sharing-app company Uber—whose troubled entry to Portland is the subject of our cover story this week—does two things: gro   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AARON MESH

VIDEO: City Commissioner Nick Fish Berates Airbnb Lobbyist

"You want to have your cake and eat it too," Fish says. "This has shades of Uber all over it."

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Uber isn't Portland's only fight with a sharing-economy startup. The love affair between City Hall and Airbnb is publicly fraying. City Commissioner Nick Fish has been pushing a crackdown on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections. Airbnb sent a lobbyist to a City Council hearing Dec. 18 to object to new rules compelling the company to provide the addresses and city permit numbers of its hosts. ...   More
 
Monday, December 22, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick: Uber Still Has to Pay $67,750 in Portland Fines

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City Commissioner Steve Novick says Uber's agreement to back out of Portland for three months doesn't mean it can escape paying $67,750 in city fines for operating illegally the past two weeks."Steve is intent on fining them," says Novick policy advisor Bryan Hockaday. "And he made that clear to the mayor. The mayor's office has not responded yet."Mayor Charlie Hales brokered a deal with Uber on Thursday, ...   More
 
Friday, December 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Drivers, Wanted

The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.


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It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service that defies the city’s taxi rules. Portland officials pledged to take Uber to court, levy hefty fines and imp   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Uber Has Been Hit With $67,750 In Fines by the City of Portland After 10 Days of Operating Here

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City of Portland transportation officials have issued $67,750 in fines to the ride-sharing company Uber, but have yet to penalize a single driver. Uber has been operating its service in Portland for 10 days, defying city rules for taxis and town cars. The city, led by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, has sued Uber, seeking a judge's injunction to block the company from operating.City ...   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014 AARON MESH

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