Airports around the country are grappling with how – and if – they can regulate and collect revenue from taxi-alternative companies such as Lyft, Sidecar and UberX, which maintain that they do not fall under the same rules that apply to traditional taxis that operate at airports.
Some airports have taken a hands-off approach to the problem, but San Francisco International Airport has been adamant that these ‘transportation network companies’ are operating illegally at the airport.
But things have changed.
Earlier this month SFO announced that it had come to an agreement withe Sidecar to allows that company to operate legally at the airport.
Now comes word that the airport has worked out a deal that allows Lyft and UberX to pick up and drop off at SFO as well.
All three companies should be operating – legally – at the airport within the next 30 days and the deals will no doubt serve as a guide to help these companies work out their differences with other airports as well.
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