Portland Taxi Board Votes to Flood City Streets with 293 New Cabs

The city has just 460 cabs now


Portland City Hall is poised to increase the number of cabs on city streets by nearly two thirds—293 new taxis to compete with the incoming "ride-sharing" company Uber.The board that control's the Portland taxi market this afternoon voted to grant 242 new licenses to existing cab companies, and another 51 licenses to a new cab company, EcoCab, which uses Tesla electric cars. The vote today by the ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AARON MESH

Did Portland Forge a Kinder, Gentler Uber?


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

Ever Wonder What Uber Drivers Make?


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"


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


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."


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


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


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