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Hillsborough County PTC approves temporary agreement to allow Uber and Lyft to operate legally

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After more than two and a half years of operating in violation of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Agency, ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft are now legal to operate in the county — for at least another 13 months. The board voted 4-3 Wednesday to approve two new temporary operating agreements (TOAs) negotiated by outgoing PTC Chairman Victor Crist and officials with the two companies. It comes after at-times agonizing debates on the commission that led to a flood of bad…

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Limousine company sues Hillsborough PTC, says they want to be ridesharing company

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With the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission poised to perhaps finally approve new rules that would legalize the use of ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, now a local limousine company has filed suit against the local agency. West Coast Transportation Services filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging whether the PTC has the authority to regulate transportation network companies (TNC’s), another term for ridesharing companies. In the suit, filed in the 13th judicial circuit in Hillsborough County, West Coast Transportation says they…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.24.16 — The Donald’s Contract with America

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Donald Trump is in Tampa tonight, speaking at the facility formerly known as the 1-800-Gary (it’s actually called the MidFlorida Credit Union something or other). Among the many criticisms even his most fervent supports have expressed about his flagging candidacy is the lack of specific policies that could persuade undecided voters to support him in November. To that end, on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, The Donald unveiled what his team is calling his own “Contract with the American Voter” — a list of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.21.16 — Rick Scott in 2020?

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Forget about Marco Rubio in 2020, what about Rick Scott? Troy Kinsey from Bay News 9 reports that “some GOP operatives are floating him as a potential presidential contender in 2020, should Trump lose in November.” Kinsey then quotes all of one lone such operative in his story. But it does make for a good headline. Now, what about Marco Rubio? The Florida lawmaker made news this week when he declared in his debate against Patrick Murphy, “I’m going to serve in the Senate for the next six years, God…

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Dana Young calls for FDLE investigation into Hillsborough County PTC

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In the aftermath of published reports about questionable decisions made by Hillsborough County Public Transportation Executive Director Kyle Cockream over the past year, Tampa state Rep. Dana Young is calling for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to conduct an investigation into the agency. “When the line is blurred between the regulator and the entities they regulate, the public cannot rely on impartiality in the government,” wrote Young in her letter to the FDLE. “The disturbing revelations of the relationship between the PTC, Mr.…

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Victor Crist slams Hillsborough PTC’s proposed ‘onerous rules’

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The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission moved closer to implementing rules with that have drawn the ire of ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. Also displeased: the PTC’s chair, Victor Crist. The PTC’s Rules and Policy Committee passed some measures at its meeting on Tuesday, including a ban on surge pricing in times of a declared emergency and background checks that require fingerprinting, a mandate Uber specifically has said is a deal breaker. The new rules were approved by the committee on a 2-1 vote.…

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Uber strongly opposes latest round of proposed changes on ridesharing in Hillsborough County

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The Rules and Policy Committee of the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission (PTC) is scheduled Tuesday to consider another attempt at establishing new regulations for TNC’s (transportation network companies) in the county, and an attorney with Uber is not pleased with what is being proposed. “The proposed regulations ­­which closely track regulations proposed by the taxicab industry in 2015 ­­ would protect the incumbent industry by imposing anti­competitive and antiquated regulations on the TNC industry,” writes Kate Wooler, an attorney representing Uber, in a…

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