San Francisco airport has a new plan to help taxis and punish both Uber and its riders.
The airport already charges Uber $3.80 for both picks and drop offs, $7.60 for a roundtrip, while taxis don’t pay anything to drop passengers off and $5 for pickups. Put another way Ubers doing airport runs pay 50% more.
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Now instead of curbside dropoffs and pickups the airport wants to force Uber to use the top floor of the hourly garage. In its own version of Newspeak San Francisco airport calls this “express drop-off and pick-up.” Some passengers will call is distress drop-off and pick-up,
Top floor parking is open to weather conditions, but “customers would get picked up at the end of the enclosed walkways,” said SFO spokesman Doug Yakel. “Exposure to rainfall would be about the same as being curbside.”
Anyone wanting to still get curbside service would pay an additional fee, which isn’t imposed on taxi rides. It may ‘only’ be a dollar each way, which would move the gap between taxis and Uber to as much as 100%. And the $1 adds up since Uber and Lyft are convenient enough they now represent half the vehicle traffic at the airport.
It’s not that long ago that San Francisco airport was arresting Uber drivers – or that the DC taxi commission was leaning on me for speaking out again corrupt regulators.
(HT: Mark C.)