Twin Cities Cab Drivers Try to Beat Lyft, Uber at Own Game

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Ernesto De Quesada on Flickr
Two months after Minneapolis approved an ordinance legitimizing so-called app-based Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber, the cab companies have introduced an app that functions in largely the same way.

TruTaxi allows customers to get price quotes, book rides, track and rate drivers, and pay via an online account, just like the TNCs.

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Kahler Nygard confronts TSA agents as they try to search him after a flight [VIDEO]

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From cell phone video taken by Kahler Nygard
Jay Nygard, as you may recall, is the Orono-based rabble rouser who nearly went to jail this summer for refusing to take down a personalized wind turbine. Well, a new battle presented itself last week -- this one involving his son and an higher level of government.

"He took on the city," says Nygard the younger, known as Kahler. "I took on the feds."

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Mpls approves Southwest LRT, paving way for legislature to wrangle over funding

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Images via Met Council and Mulad on Flickr
A map of the Southwest LRT line's proposed route.
Today, the Minneapolis City Council followed its counterparts in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park in approving the proposed alignment of the Southwest LRT line.

After years of city-level wrangling, the 9-3 vote (council members Barb Johnson, Cam Gordon, and Lisa Goodman voted 'no') paves the way for the drama to shift to the legislature next year, as the state still needs to figure out how to fund 10 percent of the $1.653 billion public works project, which is the most expensive in state history.

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Mpls City Council approves Lyft/UberX regulations; Blong Yang casts sole nay vote

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Lyft and its mustachioed cars are now legit in Minneapolis.
This morning, the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance regulating so-called Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and UberX .

Council also approved changes to the city's taxi ordinance that deregulate cab companies to an extent in hopes they'll be able to compete with the new TNCs.

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Condo residents disappointed, but resigning themselves to SWLRT agreement

Categories: Transportation

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Flickr via Mulad

While the mayor's office and Metro Council may have reached a compromise on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project earlier this week, there certainly hasn't been universal acclaim for the agreement. People have complained about the route for countless reasons -- noise, vibrations, foliage, you name it.

But among the loudest voices for a different route have been condominium associations, especially the ones located right along the proposed line. Their case wasn't helped after the Tuesday compromise, as the mayor's office announced that the proposed tunnel south of the channel between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles -- a tunnel that the condominium associations have been so worried about -- will still be going in.

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Southwest LRT takes step forward with Minneapolis, Met Council agreement

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Images via Met Council and Mulad on Flickr
A prelimary map of the Southwest LRT line's proposed route.
It might not seem like much to those who haven't followed the project closely, but the proposed Southwest LRT line took a significant step forward yesterday with the announcement of an agreement between Minneapolis and the Met Council about how the line will move through Minneapolis.

Minneapolis officials agreed to eliminate an underground tunnel "north of the water channel connecting Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles." That might not be ideal for residents who live in the area, but it saves money and allows a station at 21st Street to be reincorporated as part of the plan. (A tunnel further south remains part of the project.)

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Minneapolis officials advance Lyft/UberX ordinance despite taxi company objections

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Ernesto De Quesada on Flickr
Yesterday, the Minneapolis Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee unanimously approved a new ordinance that will regulate so-called "transportation network companies" like Lyft and UberX, along with changes to the city's taxi ordinance.

The vote means the package of new regulations heads to the full City Council, which could give its final approval next Friday.

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Mpls cab companies not thrilled about impending Lyft/UberX ordinance

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Frey on Lyft and UberX: "I think the taxi industry needed some competition."
This week, the Minneapolis City Council Transportation and Public Works Committee will get its first crack at the city's revised taxi regulations and its brand-new "Transportation Network Companies" ordinance. If they approve it, it'll head to the full council for consideration during next week's meeting.

But the author of the TNC ordinance, council member Jacob Frey, acknowledges that even as the city plans to get serious about regulating TNCs and deregulating cabs, "I don't know I can say [taxi companies] are on board with the ordinance at this point."

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Green Line construction didn't scare businesses from Central Corridor -- quite the opposite

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Photos via Laura Baenen
The Episcopal Homes development on the former Porky's Drive-In site is one of many new construction projects along the Green Line.
One of the arguments rail haters made when LRT line being seriously discussed for University Avenue was that construction itself would kill local businesses.

With University ripped up for years, parking would be hard to find, and customers would forsake the Central Corridor in favor of more accessible places, the theory went. But numbers provided to us by the Metropolitan Council indicate that's not at all how it played out in reality.

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St. Paul also plans to regulate Lyft, UberX

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Lyft pic via Alfredo Mendez; St. Paul pic via Meghan Newell
So-called "TNCs" like Lyft currently operate without regulations in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
As Minneapolis officials ready a new "transportation network company" ordinance that will regulate cutting-edge taxi-style services like Lyft and UberX for City Council consideration (more on that in coming days), Ricardo Cervantes, St. Paul's director of the Department of Safety and Inspections, tells us his city will soon follow suit.

"We are interested in regulating the TNC companies, and just for your information, we've been working with Minneapolis and with the Metropolitan Airports Commission in regard to the language," Cervantes says. "We're looking at the language Minneapolis is currently proposing, and so we've kinda been walking this walk, doing best practices studies, looking at other cities and seeing how they're regulating TNCs, both for the protection of passengers and drivers."

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