After August 3, Lyft, Uber, and other ridesharing companies can legally drive customers to and from Tampa International Airport, reports Janelle Irwin at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
The change is due to negotiations between the companies and the airport, as well as new legislation.
The Florida Legislature recently approved statewide regulations for ridesharing corporations. Before, these companies were regulated by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, which did not allow them to obtain permits to do business at the airport. Drivers who did so faced fines of almost $1,000.
However, the corporations will still have to pay something. For each ride given to or from the airport, the companies will pay $3, which will increase to $4 after Sept. 30, 2018, then to $5 the following September. This is designed to create equity between ridesharing companies and taxi companies, which also have to pay fees.
Lyft, one of the corporations involved in the agreement, is also a partner with SAVE, a Miami-based advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ individuals. They first began partnering with SAVE in March 2016.
According to a statement in their 2016 blog entry, titled Ride With Pride, “Lyft is a proud supporter of SAVE and the LGBTQ community and believes nobody should need to worry about their safety when getting around because of who they are or whom they love.”
Read the Tampa Bay Business Journal Article here.
Read Lyft’s blog statement here.
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