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Milwaukee City Council Proposal Would Pave Way For Uber, Lyft 76

New submitter rjune (123157) writes with some rare positive news from the online ride-sharing world, specifically from Milwaukee. "Ald. Robert Bauman is drafting a proposed ordinance that, if approved by the Common Council, would change the way public passenger vehicles are regulated and licensed. The proposal, expected to be outlined on Friday before the Common Council's Public Transportation Review Board, not only lifts the cap on taxicab vehicle perimits but accommodates new smartphone app services such as Uber and Lyft. Both Uber and Lyft are already in the marketplace." I wish that the cities I spend the most time in would do the same, but they've been busily protecting the local cartels, instead.
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Milwaukee City Council Proposal Would Pave Way For Uber, Lyft

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  • Dear Timothy (Score:1, Insightful)

    by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @08:13PM (#46963765)

    You're job is not to inject your opinion into slashdot posts.

    You are well known to be an utter moron, no one wants your opinion. Seriously, NO ONE wants your opinion.

    Second, if you had half a clue, you'd know why the current implementation of Uber and Lyft is a disaster waiting to happen. I would actually appreciate it if you used them more and got into a car with someone who did you much harm, resolving two issues at once. A) Getting rid of your ignorance and lack of ability to think more than 2 seconds ahead, and B) illustrating why using random people without proper licensing is a stupid idea and why we have cab regulations like we do now.

    On that same note, I think limiting the number of cabs in a city is pretty dumb and just a policy created by corruption and payola (to borrow a term from another industry). However, You (timothy) aren't bright enough to realize that Uber and Lyft can't do what they do and offer ridiculously lower rates while at the same time providing the same level of safety. If you think getting into a car with random people with no vetting or background checks is a great idea, why don't you just hitchhike with lonely truckers, all that'll cost you is a BJ or a hand job.

    Again, keep your personal fucking opinion off of the articles you post and learn what you're job as an editor is supposed to be. How the fuck does someone like you stick around for so long?

  • by Alien7 ( 310889 ) on Saturday May 10, 2014 @11:08AM (#46966625)

    I've lived here in Milwaukee on and off for the last decade or so, and I can tell you right now this is the right decision for our town. Milwaukee is a city whose economy is entirely based on alcohol, that being said we have had awful cab service for as long as I've lived here. All summer long drunks flood the street for this festival and that festival, and every weekend the wait for a cab is frequently over an hour, sometimes it takes 20 or 30 minutes just to get on the phone with a dispatcher. Seeing as how the underfunded and overpriced bus system stops running an hour before bar close what we end up with is a plague of drunk drivers. Our cab companies have failed to provide us with the proper service we need (presumably because of the cost of keeping up an unused fleet in the winter months) , Uber gave the city an alternative and we made sure nothing would impede the solution to our problems.

The absent ones are always at fault.