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Uber calls in the cavalry to keep service in Boston

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Uber’s not letting a little (well a ton of) bad publicity get in the way of trying to save its ride-share service in Boston.

The company has asked area [company]Uber[/company] customers and drivers to show up as a sign of support for a 1:30 p.m. Monday hearing at City Hall by the Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs. At issue is whether ride-sharing services such as Uber, [company]Lyft[/company] and [company]Sidecar[/company] should be more tightly regulated — or even allowed to continue operating in the city. More here from BostInno.

Uber is reportedly about to close another $1 billion in funding which would bring its valuation up to $40 billion or so — but has also been besieged by bad press about its surge pricing practices, loose-lipped executive talk about digging up dirt on journalists, and reports of Uber drivers assaulting passengers or being assaulted by passengers.

Boston cab companies and their drivers are also expected to show up to protest the incursion of shared-ride services into their turf. Cab fleet operators complain that car-share services do not have to meet the same regulatory and insurance requirements that they do, although given the horrendous PR local cab operators have had, it’s really hard to pick a hero here.


6 Responses to “Uber calls in the cavalry to keep service in Boston”

  1. There is NO cab company in the town I live in….nor is there an MBTA presence (not even “the ride”). I am disabled…. please leave my primary means of commuting alone.

    Customers should not have to bear the burden of the ridiculous cost of medallions. A lot of Uber drivers are former cabbies….and often tell me how much money they needed to make to turn a profit with cabs.

    Instead of getting rid of Uber…how about giving the cab companies a chance to compete by abolishing the medallion system? Then the city of Boston can generate money the good old fashioned way….taxes!

    Uber isn’t the problem…..the city of Boston is. You really want to have the Olympics here?

    As far as safety…Robert Deniro was never in a film called “Uber driver”….you talkin to me?

  2. 1.uber does a back ground check know who picking you up know the plate of the car and what kind of car
    4. The uber driver are more polite that some cab drivers
    5. I don’t know how many times I got in.a cab and the driver is always talking on the phone while driving me where I have to go
    6.uber drivers show up quicker than cab drivers

    • Auntie Uber Juan

      1. $6.95 inter net checks with out fingerprints or picture id are hardly background checks conducted by gvt or police agencies.
      2. You know who is being REPRESENTED as the person picking you up, anecdotal evidence has revealed that ubertarians have, and do loan out their cats to others, ubertarians have admitted it on numerpus instances.
      3. and this means what? when taxi, limousine, para transit companies as a matter of historical routine have provided the public with that information including requisite color schemes and indentifying official badges, decals, and illuminated features.
      4, this is a highly dubious unverifiable statement meant to cast dispersions on every one else but the ubertarians as a whole .
      5. yet another negative assertion when ubertarians have been reported and shown to have as many as three iPads on their dashboards as they troll for the most profitable rides while at the wheel and in motion, we call it distracted driving and evey one knows it.
      6. yet another unverifiable unsustantuialted assertion by an ubertarian other wise the state of California Public Utilities Commission and agencies and elsewhere would not be threatening the ubertarians with non compliance for not reporting data that includes pick up times, as well as handicap service data including service denird, as well as accident reporting and insurance pay out data.
      And besides even Dominoes Pizza have trained drivers safety is job one not rushing to the next call like an ambulance chaser putting every one at risk, not the least of which is a family walking in a cross walk at night!