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By adamg - 7/11/23 - 2:13 pm
Nobody's moving on L Street in South Boston

To lobby for a first-in-the-nation law that would let them unionize, Uber and Lyft drivers assembled today for a motorcade on L Street in South Boston up to the State House, in the process jamming the street, Eileen Murphy reports.

By adamg - 2/27/23 - 12:12 pm

Cambridge Police report somebody took an Uber to a Concord Avenue address, got out, then realized he'd left his banjo in the Uber:

They were informed that the driver had dropped the banjo back off. After it was not located, the resident believes there was foul play.

By adamg - 6/15/22 - 1:29 pm

Three city councilors say they city should use some of the money the city's getting from the feds to help out the owners of taxi medallions, whom they say have been decimated by unfair competition from Uber and Lyft. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/22 - 10:23 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered the state to eliminate a question from the November ballot that, if passed, would have stripped Uber, Lyft and food-delivery drivers of their protections under state employment laws by making them "independent contractors" - and also shielded ride-share companies from lawsuits. Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 12:38 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Somerville man on charges of indecent assault and battery for an incident April 14 in which a ride-share passenger said her driver attacked her. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/21 - 11:32 am

A Rhode Island man already charged with raping eight women he picked up outside Boston bars and clubs by posing as an Uber driver between 2017 and 2019 was arraigned yesterday for a ninth rape, based on video he recorded on his phone, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/21 - 11:47 pm

State Police report arresting a Dorchester man they say would have somebody order him up rides to a Massport parking lot on Summer Street in the Seaport, where he would then carjack the drivers. Read more.

By adamg - 1/4/21 - 11:16 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Uber did a crappy job of alerting new users that by creating an account they were agreeing to a host of conditions they might not even realize existed, at least not until they sued Uber over something and the company pulled out those conditions and did the legal equivalent of "gotcha!" Read more.

By adamg - 7/23/20 - 4:04 pm

Alvin Campbell, 39, arrested in January on charges he raped a woman he picked up at the Harp downtown now faces arraignment on seven similar cases dating to 2017 in Roxbury, South Boston and Downtown, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 12/28/19 - 10:37 am

Boston Police report arresting three of the four teens they say tried to hold up an Uber driver shortly before 8 p.m. on Blue Hill Avenue, just north of Morton Street. Read more.

By adamg - 10/23/19 - 8:57 am

WBZ summarizes the changes at Logan that start Monday, when Terminal A and C passengers will have to get themselves to Central Parking to get an Uber or Lyft ride. B and E start Nov. 4, and all drop-offs will have be done at the central garage by Dec. 9.

By adamg - 9/13/19 - 11:01 am

A Haverhill man who drives for Uber has filed what he hopes will become a class-action suit to force Uber to treat its Massachusetts drivers as employees - which means ensuring they get paid at least the state minimum wage and overtime and that they get reimbursed for their car and phone expenses. Read more.

By adamg - 5/16/19 - 12:39 pm

The Dig interviews an Uber driver who drove a couple from Lexington Street in Waltham to Miami Beach.

By adamg - 4/1/19 - 5:25 pm

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.

By adamg - 3/31/19 - 1:47 pm

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.

By adamg - 3/30/19 - 3:40 pm

State Police report arresting a Waltham man on charges he pulled his Uber over on Storrow Drive near the Hatch Shell and raped his passenger early this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/19 - 2:45 pm

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.

By adamg - 3/7/19 - 9:24 am

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.

By adamg - 2/9/19 - 2:19 pm

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.

By adamg - 2/1/19 - 9:34 am

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.

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