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New York Rideshare Drivers File Lawsuit Over Unemployment Benefits

Published on Jan 8, 2021 at 8:49 am in News.

According to one of New York City’s leading taxi worker groups, New York state is falling short on delivering unemployment benefits to hundreds of app-based for-hire drivers, including those who work for Uber and Lyft.

The New York Taxi Worker Alliance filed documents in Brooklyn federal court on January 5, claiming at least 497 of its members had yet to receive unemployment payments the state claims to have fulfilled in December.

Vehicle Ownership and Urban Uber and Lyft Presence

Published on Jan 7, 2021 at 7:14 am in News.

According to researchers reporting in the journal iScience, vehicle registrations increase per capita when rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft arrive in urban areas.

The study analyzed data from major U.S. cities between 2011 and 2017, comparing trends in cities where Uber and Lyft entered with those where they didn’t. Vehicle ownership per person increased by an average of 0.7 percent. In addition to that, the study also found that Uber and Lyft displace transit more in cities with higher income and fewer children.

Texas-Based Alto Rideshare Company Expands to Los Angeles

Published on Jan 6, 2021 at 9:50 am in News.

The first employee-based, on-demand rideshare and delivery company is expanding its service area. Originally based in Texas in Houston and Dallas, Alto has announced its expansion to Los Angeles. The company is offering both pre-scheduled and on-demand rides in the city, including to LAX.

Uber Raises Prices in Response to New Seattle Law

Published on Dec 31, 2020 at 7:54 am in News.

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In response to Seattle’s new minimum wage law for rideshare drivers, Uber plans to charge customers 25 percent more on each trip beginning January 1. By April 1, passengers could see fares increase by as much as 50 percent compared to today’s prices, as the compensation for drivers fully phases in. At this time, Lyft has not announced an immediate price increase, but they could do so in the future.