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California PUC Fines Uber; Drivers Cry Foul As Uber Cuts Fares

Posted on January 15, 2016 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author - About the author

California Fines Uber $7.6 Million

Citing failure to meet reporting requirements, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to fine Uber or face a 30-day suspension Read Silicon Vally Business Jiournal article here.

TNCs Motivate Friendlier Cabbies

The Technology Policy Institute's Scott Wallsten, in research presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, finds evidence in New York that the number of complaints per taxi trip there has declined as Uber has expanded in the city. Read PJ Media article here.

“Get Me” and “Bid My Ride” up TNC competition in San Antonio

After spending the better part of 2015 arguing over Uber and Lyft, San Antonio has suddenly become a magnet for Transportation Network Companies, with Uber and Lyft thriving, and two new firms poised to enter the market. Read the News Radio 1200 WOAI report.

Ride-Sharing Programs Garner Beaumont, Texas, Approval

Those looking for a chauffer to taxi them about the streets of Beaumont will soon have an option in utilizing what the city has termed “Transportation Network Companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft, two of America’s most popular ride-sharing models, with Uber already announcing plans to open up operations in the Beaumont market (tentatively) by the end of the month. Read The Examiner article here.

Uber Cuts Passenger Fares, Drivers Cry Foul

Citing low winter ridership, Uber has slashed prices in 48 cities across the U.S. Read San Francisco Examiner article here

Portland Sees Big Gains In Transportation Freedom

Portions of Portland’s transportation-for-hire market – that is, the market for taxis, limos and ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft – have improved faster this year than in any other major city in the country. In the R Street Institute’s annual Ridescore report evaluating the friendliness of for-hire transportation rules in 50 of America’s largest cities, Portland improved from an “F” grade last year to a “B” in the most recent report. Read R Street article here.

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