The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission voted today to change its ride-for-hire and allow room for Uber to launch in St. Louis, the largest U.S. market the app-based car service. But the MTC delayed deciding on the biggest obstacle barring Uber from St. Louis: charging a $25 minimum fare. Uber, which ... More >>
After months of slow negotiations, the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission released proposed rule changes that could pave the way for Uber to open in St. Louis. While many of the proposed code revisions seem like minor updates -- such as allowing electronic ride tickets as well as written ones -- they' ... More >>
So you need a ride. You pull out your phone, place the order in an app, watch as the tiny blinking car on the map comes closer to your location, go outside when a text message tells you your ride has arrived and pay with a credit card via the app. Sounds like Lyft or Uber, right? But it's not. Coun ... More >>
With St. Louis potentially days away from allowing Uber to launch here legally, two of the men leading the dialogue about ridesharing in the Lou faced off debate-style at the Royale Monday night. Cheered on by a happily-buzzed crowd of about 30 people, Alderman Scott Ogilvie advocated for rideshari ... More >>
A full week of deliberations just isn't enough. On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Joan Moriarty ordered a ten-day break before the hearings over ride-sharing app Lyft's future in St. Louis can continue. After hearing from all of the witnesses, Moriarty asked counselors from Lyft and from the Metrop ... More >>
The future of Lyft in St. Louis isn't final yet. A St. Louis judge delayed ruling on an injunction that would ban the ride-sharing app from operating in the Lou Wednesday until she could hear further testimony. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which regulates cars-for-hire in the city and cou ... More >>
Lyft will have its day in court. Just not yet. The smartphone-based ride-sharing app is fighting a temporary restraining order that prohibits Lyft from operating in St. Louis without a ride-for-hire license. The restraining order, filed by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, will stay in effect un ... More >>
For weeks now, conversations about the rise of the ride-hailing apps, specifically Lyft and Uber, have dominated the news and social-media conversations in St. Louis. But few seem to remember St. Louis' original ride app, Carmel, which went live in March with none of the fanfare or drama of its com ... More >>
Sure, Lyft isn't following the rules for ride-for-hire businesses in St. Louis. And why should they, asks the company's cofounder, John Zimmer. The rules were designed for taxis and car services, whereas he created Lyft to be something else entirely -- a peer-to-peer marketplace where anyone with ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay says he's urging the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission to accept proposed changes that would allow Uber, a ride-sharing app like Lyft or Carmel, to go live in St. Louis. Uber's rival Lyft launched in St. Louis a week ago, despite not obtaining licensing from the taxi commission. Th ... More >>
Lyft says it's staying on in St. Louis, even after a circuit court judge granted a temporary restraining order to stop the company from operating here. "Lyft is now live and providing safe rides and economic opportunity in 34 cities across the United States," Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen said afte ... More >>
Lyft was only live in St. Louis for about an hour and a half before police pulled over and cited a driver for operating an illegal taxi service. The driver, a Nashville native who said he'd come up to St. Louis for Lyft's debut, was issued two summonses and a temporary restraining order Friday nigh ... More >>
LJ Pryor doesn't want to work for Lyft anymore. "I don't want to get in trouble, that's for sure," Pryor, 45, tells Daily RFT. "They'll have to get somebody else." Lyft, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing app, launches here today, even though the company never got a license to operate in St. Lou ... More >>
Lyft, the app-based, on-demand ride-sharing business based in San Francisco, plans to go live in St. Louis at 7 p.m. Friday. The company has been building up for months to launch in the Lou, advertising jobs for drivers on Facebook and Craigslist, and interviewing hundreds of applicants at Nebula c ... More >>
It's official. Carmel Car & Limo is live in St. Louis, offering a car and personal driver at any time of day to anyone with a smartphone. App-based car services have spread rapidly since launching as startups in Silicon Valley, and they now serve more than 35 U.S. cities and dozens of countries. Ot ... More >>
Carmel Limousine, St. Louis' first app-based car-hailing service, won't be ready for another week. The company hoped to start St. Louis service on Monday, officially bringing the Lou into the growing circle of dozens of major American cities with access to a car and driver at the push of a button.
It's not Uber. It's not Lyft. Turns out, New York City's Carmel is the first app-based ride-hailing service to cross the finish line into St. Louis, and they beat the competition by following the rules.
St. Louis is just days away from joining the more than 35 American cities and dozens of countries using apps to call for a cheap and easy car service. That's according to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who enigmatically tweeted about the coming service Sunday afternoon.
Dan Lloyd has been watching his beloved BarCycle sit idle in a garage in Soulard almost all summer long, and it turns out that it was all likely for naught. At its morning hearing, the general counsel for the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission said the body has no jurisdiction over BarCycle and that i ... More >>
This space for rent.Noting that state funding for student transportation has been slashed as Missouri deals with a very tight budget, State Representative Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) proposed a new idea: Advertising on both the outside and inside of school buses. HB1273 would permit the State Board of ... More >>
An extra airport fee to fund the taxicab commission is legal, its lawyer says.Last week, we told you about the lawsuit filed by a pair of taxi drivers, alleging that the $1 fee assessed on cabs leaving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is an illegal tax.But within days of the class action s ... More >>
Two St. Louis cabbies say they've been unfairly assessed $1 each time they leave Lambert.A pair of cabbies has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, arguing that the $1 fee they're required to pay for each trip through Lambert St. Louis International Airport constitutes an ... More >>
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