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.
State Police report bail for the Uber driver charged with raping a passenger on Storrow Drive early Saturday was increased from $25,000 to $100,000 after ICE signaled it wants to take custody of him because he is a Ugandan citizen. State Police say he is still in their custody and will be arraigned on two counts of rape in Boston Municipal Court tomorrow.
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.
Ashland Police report arresting Jose Arevalos-Avalos, 37, of Holliston, for indecent assault and battery and attempting to pay for sexual conduct for an incident Friday afternoon: Read more.
Uber riders who find themselves in an unsafe situation in Cambridge can now swipe in their Uber app to get connected with the city's Emergency Communications Department. Read more.
Cambridge Police have gone online to rebut a viral post about an alleged local human-trafficking ring run by Uber drivers - which started not long after Victor Pena's arrest on Tuesday on kidnapping charges in Charlestown on Tuesday: Read more.
Uber calls them independent contractors, but a group of its drivers in the Boston-area say they are really employees who deserve to make, at the very least, the Massachusetts minimum wage, along with getting overtime and sick leave. Read more.
An Everett man was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail after he was charged with raping a rider in his ride-share car early Tuesday, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report. Read more.
Our own SwirlyGrrl spotted this guy on a scooter in Fort Point today.
A federal judge today dismissed anti-trust charges against Uber brought by medallion cab drivers in Boston, saying the drivers simply showed no proof of predatory pricing or that consumers were hurt by the lower prices Uber brought to point-to-point transportation in the area. Read more.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Michael Doherty, 43, of several counts related to a 2015 incident in which the off-duty cop physically attacked an Uber driver, screamed racial and ethnic slurs at him and drove away in his car, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
A Lawrence man used his Uber car for several months to sell and deliver heroin in the Boston area, prosecutors in Suffolk and Essex counties charge. Read more.
An Uber driver who picked up a woman in Boston raped her, then dropped her off at Boston College, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office charges. Read more.
Associated Press reports.
Jingwen Zhang, a music therapist from China, flew into Boston Saturday and took an Uber to Allston. After she got dropped off, she realized she'd left her erhu in the car and now it's missing. It's a long, skinny stringed instrument (you may have seen an erhu player at Downtown Crossing or by the bridge in the public garden) and it was in a rectangular black case: Read more.
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