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Uber is giving free door-to-door rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites within 10 Jacksonville area ZIP codes as part of a new program with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi
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Saying drivers and delivery people have been a “lifeline to their communities,” Uber’s chief executive officer on Thursday asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to prioritize the COVID-19 vaccine for the online platform’s workers.

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Jacksonville area Winn-Dixie shoppers can now order groceries online and have them delivered straight to their door.

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Uber has set a goal for 100% of its U.S. rides to be in zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

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Update 4:03 p.m.: This story has been updated to include comments from Airbnb Florida.

Like the protracted legal and legislative battle over supervising ride-hailing smartphone apps like Uber and Lyft, the Jacksonville City Council is again finding itself in the middle of a regulatory Catch-22 that is costing it tax revenue.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has issued a subpoena to Uber in search of information related to the ride-sharing company's alleged cover-up of a 2016 data breach.

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Travelers who book an Uber or Lyft to pick them up from the Jacksonville Airport will soon have to pay a fee.

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Update 4/21

After four years of fierce debate, Florida lawmakers this week passed state regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

If Gov. Rick Scott signs the measure, all local regulations for the app-based transportation companies would be void.

One Jacksonville city councilman said the new law has him determined to level the playing field by deregulating traditional taxicabs, while another is hailing it as a victory.

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Jacksonville taxi services are rebranding themselves and stepping up their tech game to compete with app-based Uber and Lyft.

The makeover is part of a backlash against what’s called the “sharing economy.”


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A Jacksonville committee on vehicles-for-hire ended its tenure with little agreement on how to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft.

It could be weeks before the committee drafts recommendations for the City Council.


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Discussion over how to regulate ride-for-hire companies continues here in North Florida and across the nation.

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The Jacksonville City Council is currently debating how and whether ride-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft which have disrupted the traditional taxicab model here in North Florida.

City Councilman Matt Schellenberg is chair of that body’s Vehicles for Hire Committee

He joins us to discuss the issue.


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Could voters decide the fate of Uber and Lyft in Jacksonville?

The Jacksonville City Council may be racing toward a populist solution to regulating ride-for-hire companies.

City Councilman John Crescimbeni has suggested holding a voter referendum on how to regulate the rideshares.

A similar type of referendum on Uber and Lyft recently failed in Austin Texas.

Crescimbeni joins us to discuss the issue.

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The Jacksonville City Council may be racing toward a populist solution to regulating ride-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft.

With little to no regulation governing app-based vehicle-for-hire companies, a committee Monday discussed the possibility of leaving regulatory questions to voters.


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Some of Jacksonville’s ride-for-hire drivers are calling out Uber and the city for prioritizing certain cars.

And they are bringing their gripe to City Council.

UNF Students Receive Free Rides, Mentorships Through Uber

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Doug Leeby swung open the door of an Escalade at the University of North Florida on Thursday. In the back he was sitting, awaiting a mentee.

Leeby, president of Jacksonville software company Beeline, joined four other Jacksonville business leaders to offer 15-minute mentor sessions along with free rides through the ride-for-hire service Uber from the UNF campus.

 


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Jacksonville City Commissioners are no closer to deciding how to regulate ride-for-hire companies like Uber after a two-hour meeting Wednesday.

They spent that time rehashing arguments about how to make the services safe for riders and punish errant drivers.


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The Florida Legislature failed to pass statewide regulations for ride-hiring companies like Uber. Now, the Jacksonville City Council is picking up where it left off.

But city officials are taking a far stricter approach.


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After an intense debate spread over two days, the Florida House last week approved a bill that would revamp regulation of the controversial oil and gas drilling process known as "fracking."

The bill, in part, would bar local governments from imposing moratoriums on fracking, while requiring the state Department of Environmental Protection to undertake a wide-ranging study that would include looking at potential risks and economic benefits of the process.

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Jacksonville officials are considering strong punishments for Uber and Lyft drivers who operate outside of company parameters.

A special committee is considering penalties that could make their way before the full Council.


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A proposal that would prevent local governments from regulating popular app-based transportation services such as Uber and Lyft continues to roll through the Florida House.

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It’s up to the city of Jacksonville to figure out how to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to level the playing field with traditional taxis.

The state of Florida backed away from a plan to regulate vehicles for hire and sent the job back to the counties.

At Tuesday’s Vehicles for Hire committee meeting, members looked to a presentation from Broward County, where commissioners were able to come to a regulation compromise with Uber and Lyft.

Marcus Blount CEO of Executive Cab in Jacksonville says the Broward ordinance wasn’t a compromise at all.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics reporter; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor.

Topics include Congresswoman Corrine Brown's opposition to proposed changes to the school district's boundaries, a lawsuit filed by Florida taxi companies again the state to impose more regulations on ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber, and more.


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Proposals to create new insurance requirements for app-based transportation services like Uber and Lyft appear to be idling as the legislative session nears the end.

The House and Senate have moved forward with bills that have differences, including about whether local governments should be prevented from regulating the services. The House bill includes what is known as "pre-emption" of local regulation.

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The Senate and House are on different paths as they consider setting auto-insurance requirements for technology-based rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft.

As taxi and limo services call for stricter regulations on growing "transportation network companies," the Senate has expanded an insurance measure, S.B. 1298, to include a requirement for around-the-clock coverage on the vehicles of app-connected rideshare drivers.

The requirement would kick in once a driver has been working with a company for at least six months.

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Michael Dunn, former Atlantic Beach police chief Michael Classey and ridesharing services are making headlines this week.

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From ridesharing to water taxis to bike paths, transportation is big news in Jacksonville this week.

Quality Education for All, One Spark and marriage equality are in the headlines today.

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Ridesharing is gaining in popularity in major cities across the United States, including Jacksonville.

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