Uber and Lyft may have driven into a problem, at least in Las Vegas.
For years, the city’s taxi drivers raged about losing fares to upstart competitors with better technology and cheaper rates. For years, Uber and Lyft capitalized on this to cannibalize not just the taxi industry, but each other as well. There are no winners in war. And although the biggest loser has, to date, been the taxi industry, Uber and Lyft haven’t exactly won, either. By refusing to play by the same set of rules, each seems to have backed itself into a corner and given taxi drivers the upper hand once again.
Last week the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show took over Las Vegas, and the streets were packed. Rideshare vehicles (Uber and Lyft) set an all-time record at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport on January 8, 2018, making some 11,465 passenger pickups. Taxicabs added to the record, reporting 18,413 pickups at McCarran for a combined total of 29,878, smashing the record set a year earlier of 28,766.
This year’s CES show was the largest ever, with 3,900 exhibitors showcasing technologies to 184,000 attendees in 2.75 million square feet of event space and hotels up and down the Strip. So taxis and rideshare vehicles, as well as charter buses, hotel shuttles, limos and public buses, were all part of the intricate transportation ballet critical to moving those 184,000 attendees around.
People with disabilities are facing an uphill battle for parking spaces amid a fast rising number of parking cheats, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.
A review of parking enforcement records in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia shows a dramatic increase in citations and convictions against people who illegally park in spaces designated for people with disabilities.
The increase was most dramatic in D.C. In 2017, D.C. public works officers began issuing tickets against drivers who unlawfully park at red top meters in the Central Business District, which are restricted for use by people with handicapped placards on their vehicles.
Lyft today announced it’s expanding its Concierge program – the service that allows organizations to schedule rides for other people – to more business customers. First announced in 2016, the service was originally designed to help patients get to medical appointments, particularly in areas where they may not have a car of their own, like New York, where more than half of households are car-free.
The 2016 partnership between Lyft and the National MedTrans Network aimed to change that by offering seniors in NYC a way to get rides to their non-emergency medical appointments by way of the then new third-party web application, Concierge. Lyft’s partners use Concierge to request rides on behalf of those who don’t have smartphones or, otherwise, aren’t able to book rides for themselves for other reasons.