Despite a new online petition drive aimed at changing the city’s tune toward ride-hailing apps, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has once again refused to allow UberX to make passenger pick-ups at O’Hare and Midway airports.
This is in spite of Uber’s willingness for its UberX drivers to pay $4 per pickup in airport fees. It’s the second time in a little over a year that the mayor has closed the door on airport rideshare pick-ups.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a spokesman for the city said Emanuel is “not planning to revisit” the existing rules, “especially while the city continues to receive and investigate complaints about ride-share vehicles attempting to game the system.”
Existing rules bar Uber, Lyft and other such firms from picking up passengers not only at the airports but also at McCormick Place.
As in many other cities, Chicago’s taxi drivers are vigorously opposed to any expansion of service by ride-hailing apps, especially to the airports.
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