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


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

Portland Man Sues Uber for Driver Data Breach


A Portland man who used to drive for Uber has sued the ride-app company in a San Francisco federal court for failing to inform him and other contractors their personal information was exposed in a data breach. Uber announced last month that an outside party accessed a database with the names and drivers licenses of 50,000 drivers in May 2014. In a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday, Sasha Antman accuses ...   More
Friday, March 13, 2015 AARON MESH

City Council Set to Discuss Uber for the First Time Since It Left Town


Last December, Mayor Charlie Hales cut a deal with ride app Uber to temporarily leave Portland while city officials crafted new rules for so-called "ride-sharing" companies.Just a little over a month remains until April 9, the date Hales promised Uber it could return to Portland—and the City Council has yet to publicly debate the coming upheaval in the taxi market.That silence is about end.City Commissioner ...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Oregon Legislature Considering Bills to Mandate Insurance for Uber and Lyft

Cab companies backing the legislation; Uber wants lawmakers to wait


The Portland cab industry’s fight with ride app Uber is driving to Salem. An alliance of taxi companies is backing a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would require transportation companies like Uber and Lyft to carry commercial insurance at all times of operation.The insurance industry has proposed a similar bill, which will likely mandate that the companies’ drivers carry such insurance. Cab ...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AARON MESH

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


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