Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, BC ’09, appeared before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Financial Services on July 23 to support increasing taxes and fees on ride-sharing services.
The program provides financial incentives to the companies in attempt to increase the availability of wheelchair accessible vehicles. For every hour that wheelchair accessible vehicles are made available for use, Lyft and Uber will receive a subsidy of $24 from MassDot and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).
Lyft now has the designation of the Official Rideshare Partner of Boston College Athletics at Alumni Stadium and Conte Forum.
“SafeHer is a rideshare company in Boston that will be launching a female-only service nationwide.”
In a vote of 139 to 16, the Massachusetts House of Representatives finally approved one of the most anticipated statutes of the legislative session, which would introduce a series of regulations on the ride-hailing industry.
Fasten launched just four weeks ago in Boston, and the company has been surprised about the buzz generated by the app.
After a Boston Uber driver was convicted of sexual assault, the company needs to increase safety and background checks for its drivers.
A new bill could ultimately result in legislation governing the popular but controversial ride-hailing apps.