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Los Angeles Drivers File Objection To Uber Settlement

Uber's $100 million class action settlement with drivers faces a new challenge in Southern California.<p>Uber drivers in Los Angeles, California have filed an objection to the $100 million settlement of their class action lawsuit against the ride-hailing company, alleging it falls well short of what …

Los Angeles

Uber Annouces Plan to Leave Houston if City Keeps Existing Regulations

Uber announced Wednesday that the company plans to cease operations in Houston if the city council does not repeal its existing regulations relating …

The Legal Problem That Could Crash Uber

WASHINGTON -- Ride-sharing titan Uber -- which is valued at about $68 billion -- makes a lot of its money by skirting labor laws. And one of its top lobbying allies in the nation's capital may have just undermined its profits.<p>Uber keeps its costs low by refusing to treat its drivers as employees. …

Labor Law

Uber introduces transportation service for Houstonians with disabilities

Tuesday was a big day for Marvin Coliba, staff member at The Center, when UberACCESS launched in Houston providing transportation for Houstonians …

Texas

This Amazing App Could Integrate Every Urban Transportation System—And Pay You Not To Drive

NextCity is a prototype transportation app that will tell you the fastest way to get around your city—and then offer you deals on transportation options that will help reduce congestion.<p>It’s Tuesday morning and a mobile app is setting your alarm off an hour early because there’s a high chance of …

‘Lyft carpool’ launches in San Francisco today

The ride-hail service Lyft is venturing down a new road: carpooling.<p>Lyft Carpool launches today, in partnership with the regional Metropolitan …

Cincinnati Metro, Uber to announce partnership to close 'first mile-last mile gap' in public transit

CINCINNATI -- Getting to and from the bus stop is sometimes half the adventure when taking public transportation, and Uber is trying to change …

Judge questions fairness of $12 million Lyft settlement

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge Thursday grilled the lawyers behind a $12 million Lyft settlement that, if approved, will resolve claims that the …

How Lyft and Uber can improve transit agency budgets

The emergence of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft seems to pose a direct challenge to the nation’s overburdened and underfunded transit …

Transportation

Fed Up With Uber And Lyft, Drivers Plan To Launch Competing App

A group of Uber and Lyft drivers in New York says it has been working for more than a year on a ride-hailing app of its own.<p>The Uber Drivers Network, a vocal group of Uber and Lyft drivers who have organized strikes and protests in New York City, will soon have a new tool to wield in their battle …

Transportation

Court Ruling On Ride Sharing Services Topic Of Discussion At Parking Authority Board Meeting

<i>February 11, 2016. (credit: Pat Loeb)</i><p><i>By Pat Loeb</i><p>PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For the first time, a court has confirmed that the ride-sharing services Uber X …

Can These New Startups Convince Americans to Carpool?

Americans don’t carpool. The proportion of U.S. commuters who share rides peaked at about 20 percent in the 1970s, and it’s less than half that …

Startups

UPDATE 3-Lyft settles California driver lawsuit over employment status | Reuters

(Adds quote from analyst paragraphs 5-6)<p>By Dan Levine and Heather Somerville<p>SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Lyft has agreed to settle a proposed class action lawsuit in California by giving drivers additional workplace protections but without classifying them as employees, …

Environmentalism

Uber Has Been Slapped With a $7.6 Million Fine Today

<b>Update:</b> The California Public Utilities Commission has voted to approve the $7.6 million fine on Uber. The company plans to pay the fine, though it …

Transportation

Why bike lanes make people mad

In whichever order events occur — if the new bars or the bike lanes come first — the two have become awkwardly linked. When a low-income community gets bike lanes, I've heard residents worry about what's coming next. When a redeveloped neighborhood gets them, long-time neighbors pose a different …

Bike Lanes

Rep. Blumenauer unveils 'Bikeshare Transit Act' to provide funding certainty

GM promoting employee carpooling app... in China

The automaker's latest foray into alternative transportation is a ride-share app for its Shanghai-based workers.<p>General Motors has introduced a new carpooling experience for its employees in Shanghai. The in-house-developed mobile app is a pilot program that is part of the automaker's drive to …

General Motors

Uber, Lyft competitor Sidecar shuts down to “work on strategic alternatives” | Ars Technica

Ridesharing, delivery service apparently couldn't get out from under lack of funding.<p>Rideshare and delivery company Sidecar announced on Tuesday that …

San Francisco

Meet "Sledgehammer Shannon," the Lawyer Who Is Uber’s Worst Nightmare

<b>In early 2012,</b> on a visit to San Francisco, Shannon Liss-Riordan went to a restaurant with some friends. Over dinner, one of her companions began to …

San Francisco

General Motors invests $500M in Lyft, forms partnership

General Motors is investing $500 million in the ride-sharing company Lyft in a venture that gives the automaker direct access to the growing market …

California approves Flywheel, the app that makes taxis work like Uber

The taxi wars are escalating<p>Flywheel, an app for booking regular taxis, got the green light from California regulators Tuesday to offer its "TaxiOS" technology to cab owners to replace the current, outdated jumble of meters, dispatch, advertising, navigation systems, and credit card readers. The …

San Francisco

Transit agencies moving over to make room for ride-share services

A cease-fire is emerging between mass transit and an array of "sharing services'' in Chicago, a striking change from when public officials searching for solutions to traffic gridlock generally bowed to a simplistic formula advocated by the transit agencies:<p>Train and bus, good. Car, bad. Taxicab, …

Uber

Uber drivers are employees, labor commissioner says

The opinion wasn't prompted by any particular case, said Avakian, the state's elected watchdog for labor laws. Rather, he said his office had …

Employment

How one Paris startup is becoming an Uber for people with disabilities

When visiting Florida earlier this year, Parisian Charlotte de Vilmorin — who has been in a wheelchair her entire life — was desperately searching …

My Nine Months as an Uber Customer Service Rep

What I remember most are the funny stories from disgruntled riders. There was the woman whose driver showed up so drunk that she pushed him into the …

Seattle might try something crazy to let Uber drivers unionize

Seattle may try a novel legal approach to helping Uber drivers to unionize — and potentially other independent contractors too, if the idea holds up in court.<p>Today, a Seattle City Councilmember is expected to announce legislation that would grant all for-hire drivers in the city the right to …

Transportation

L.A. City Council approves funding for downtown bikeshare

The L.A. City Council officially approved its partnership with Metro on Friday to help fund the downtown Los Angeles bikeshare program slated to …

Urban Design

San Francisco officials seek Uber data

As Uber celebrates the anniversary of its carpooling service, San Francisco officials are seeking detailed data to help assess the impact of the …

Transportation