MassDOT today announced plans to spend $2.4 million on a year-long pilot project in which it will subsidize the cost of moving people in wheelchairs around the current RIDE service area. Read more.
CommonWealth reports Massport thinks the answer to growing auto congestion at Logan is to do something about the estimated 15 million rides Uber and Lyft riders now take to the airport - including increasing the ride-share surcharge from $3.25 for pick ups to $5 for both pick ups and drop offs. Massport also wants to eliminate 1,000 parking spaces on the first floor of the central garage to make way for a new centralized area for ride-share drivers to go when they're hailed or dropping off.
Mayor Walsh today announced a set of initiatives to make Boston roads safer and less clogged that include lowering the default citywide speed limit from 25 to 20 m.p.h., dedicated bus lanes on Brighton Avenue in Allston and North Washington Street along the North End, special pickup/drop-off lanes for Uber and Lyft cars - but also rush-hour surcharges for riding in them - and free T passes for all students in grades 7 through 12, regardless of whether they're BPS students. Read more.
NBC Boston reports on the incident early Sunday in the North End.
Associated Press reports.
A federal judge who has dismissed two lawsuits by Boston medallion-cab owners over ride-for-hire companies today dismissed a similar lawsuit by Cambridge taxi owners.
In his ruling today, US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton said the Cambridge owners no longer had any standing to sue Cambridge over the way it did or did not regulate companies such as Lyft and Uber because a new state law removes oversight of the companies from local licensing officials.
The Boston Business Journal reports Lyft and Massport have reached an agreement under which Lyft drivers who pass a state background check can be summoned to Logan. Uber is working on a similar agreement.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by the Boston Taxi Owners Association against the city of Boston because a new state law bars the city from regulating "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft. Read more.
Yes, of course David Ortiz put on a wig to masquerade as a Lyft driver.
The Boston Business Journal reports state legislators reached accord late last night on a bill that would not bar ride-hailing services from the two locations but would add a 20-cent fee to every ride for a new state office to oversee the services and ensure riders go through background checks. Lawmakers rejected a bid by taxi operators to make ride-hailing drivers also get fingerprinted.
The Globe reports, quotes one rep as saying the measure is not really to help cabbies but to help the "small" banks he says could be devastated if the cab medallions they lent money for collapse in value.
WBUR reports Gov. Baker has submitted legislation that would require both background checks and minimum insurance levels for people who drive for services such as Uber and Lyft.
Heavily regulated Boston cab owners last week filed a federal lawsuit against city and state regulators they charge have put them at a competitive disadvantage by letting Uber, Lyft and similar concerns steal their business.
In their lawsuit, filed in US District Court, the Boston Taxi Owners Association and two individual medallion owners charge the city is ruining their investments in expensive medallions by letting ride-share or "transportation network companies" pick up passengers for hire without any similar investment.
A City Council committee today began figuring out how to regulate ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, in a hearing that overflowed from the council chambers to two other hearing rooms and the hallways on the fifth floor of City Hall as cab drivers, Lyft drivers and Uber fans sought to show their support for one mode of transportation over the other.
By Elijah Kaplan, SNN reporter
Somerville, MA, Oct. 21 –New, relatively unregulated “ride sharing” transportation companies like Uber and Lyft earn the praise of travelers but are prompting protests from traditional taxi drivers and others.
Across the country, and the world, the media, public officials and others are discussing how to regulate the multi-million dollar industry. Some places – like Germany – have banned the service altogether. In Somerville and the Greater Boston Area, discussions are underway, but so far no regulations, much less bans, have been announced.
City Council President Bill Linehan says it's time to bring companies such as Uber and Lyft under the same sort of regulations already that taxi and pedicab operators already have to follow.
On Wednesday, the city council considers a request from Linehan for a hearing on how to give city regulators say in the operation of the new services: