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

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 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

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


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

Taxi to the Dark Side?

KATU reports Portland taxi and limo services aren't following the rules

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Turns out that taxi ride to Portland International Airport may not be a smart choice after all. WW partner KATU exposed gross misconduct by some of Portland’s taxi, limo and town car companies in their Thursday night broadcast. While the city maintains strict regulations, many driving services operate illegally, forgoing safety checks and up-to-date insurance, if any. Companies also hire drivers ...   More
Friday, February 1, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN

Taxi Drivers Get Raw Deal, Report Says

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A new city of Portland report calls for additional regulations on the local taxi business, citing drivers' long hours and low pay. The following table, drawn from the report (pdf) shows what local drivers make:2011 City of Portland Fair Wage $9.61 Oregon Minimum Wage $8.50 Average Hourly Wage of Portland Taxi Drivers $6.22The estimates are corrected for what the city assumes to be a 15 percent ...   More
Friday, January 27, 2012 COREY PEIN

City Hall: Portland Wants to Join NYC in Fighting for Green Taxi Cabs

Portland City Council this morning will hear a resolution to authorize the city attorney's office to join in an amicus brief and participate in court proceedings in the case of City of New York v. Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade. At issue in New York is a federal appeals court ruling that said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to require taxi companies to use hybrid or green-energy ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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