UberEATS is Finally Here in Philly

Photo courtesy of UberEATS

Photo courtesy of UberEATS

Beginning Wednesday, Philadelphians can indulge in some of the best meals the city has to offer, delivered right to their doorsteps, via the new food-delivery app UberEATS. And for Wednesday’s launch in Philadelphia, the company is waiving the standard $4.99 flat rate delivery fee for a limited time.

As a standalone app, meaning users must download an app separate from the Uber ridesharing app, UberEATS is entering a crowded app-based food delivery marketplace.

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Just How High Was Uber’s DNC Demand?

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia. | Photo by Fabiola Cineas

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia. | Photo by Fabiola Cineas

Uber released data on Wednesday that shows just how well it says it performed during the DNC in Philadelphia last week.

According to the ridesharing pioneer, more than one in four convention goers used the app, and on average, more than 5,000 unique riders took an Uber ride to or from the Wells Fargo Center. The information from the company doesn’t include whether riders were more likely to opt for a private ride with UberX or a carpooling experience with UberPool.

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Uber’s Exclusive, Air-Conditioned DNC Pickup Lounge Is Riling Rivals

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Photo | Dan McQuade

Frustrated Lyft and cab drivers are claiming that Uber workers attempted to thwart other vehicles from crossing Wells Fargo Center perimeters Monday to drop off passengers for the Democratic National Convention.

Uber has responded to the allegations by insisting that its workers only prevented Lyft and cab drivers from entering an Uber-exclusive pickup lounge outside the Citizens Bank Park, located in Lot T. Read more »

DNC a Victory for Ridesharing in Philly?

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia.

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia.

The first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia wasn’t far off from what one would expect when an estimated 50,000 visitors descend upon a city. Bernie Sanders supporters protested from City Hall to South Philly, again, and marijuana legalization advocates marched an anaconda of a joint down Broad Street.

But the hoo-ha didn’t stop ride-sharing companies from racking up profits. After Uber received a 90-day reprieve to operate in Philadelphia at the start of July to the dismay of local cab drivers, both Uber and Lyft are reporting smooth operations Monday following a few hiccups. Lyft is even saying that Philly is seeing the most Lyft drivers it’s ever seen on the road.

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PPA: Uber Can Operate Legally During SEPTA Troubles

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The Philadelphia Parking Authority will allow Uber to operate legally throughout the coming weeks while SEPTA runs on a heavily adjusted schedule that has left Regional Rail commuters struggling to reach their destinations.

The PPA offered Uber a detente on Tuesday, according to the Inquirer, meaning the app that lets passengers hail drivers from their phones can operate under legal circumstances temporarily.

In April, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission fined Uber $11.4 million for doing business in the city without authority. Just last week, legislators refrained from voting on a bill that would fully legalize Uber services. It could be called to a vote after summer recess. Read more »

Here’s How the SEPTA-Uber Suburban Connection Works

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Today’s the day that SEPTA Regional Rail riders no longer have to worry about finding a parking space at 11 of the system’s busiest suburban stations.

That’s because of a pilot partnership between SEPTA and Uber that seeks to find new ways to fill the “last mile” gap between home and the train.  Read more »

Activists: Uber and Lyft Tax Should Fund Philly Schools, Not the PPA

Hannah Sassaman of the Media Mobilizing Project address the Parking Authority. Photo by Jared Brey.

Hannah Sassaman of the Media Mobilizing Project addresses the Parking Authority. | Photo by Jared Brey

Public school advocates packed the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s monthly board meeting on Tuesday to question a change in a state bill that would allow ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate in Philadelphia — and drive a guaranteed fee to the PPA with little or nothing left for the school district.

Philly Mag reported on Monday that the state bill was initially written so that the school district and PPA would share a 1 percent tax on ride-sharing revenues, with two-thirds going to the district and one-third to the PPA. But a version approved by a state House committee earlier in May changed those provisions so that the PPA would be guaranteed a $2 million yearly fee from each of the largest ride-sharing companies, while the schools would get a portion of what’s left over. According to current estimates of how much revenue the tax would generate, it’s unlikely that there would be much, if any, money left for the schools.

“There is no place in this world wherein a new revenue stream should go to the Parking Authority ahead of the school district,” Councilwoman Helen Gym told the board Tuesday morning. Read more »

“Tax” on Uber and Lyft Would Actually Be a $4 Million Windfall to the PPA

uber-PPA-940x540First it looked like it was for the kids, and now it looks like it’s for the Parking Authority.

A bill in the state Senate that would allow alternative taxi services like Uber and Lyft to operate legally was initially written so that the tax revenue the services generated in Philly would be split between the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the Philadelphia School District, with two thirds of the money going to education. But the bill, which was approved by the state House Committee on Consumer Affairs earlier this month, has undergone an obscure but meaningful change. In the current version, PPA is guaranteed $4 million in revenue from Uber and Lyft before the schools can collect a dime. Read more »

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