‘Do Not Tax Our People': Ministers Say Proposed Ride-Share Tax Will Hurt the Poor; City Disputes Claim
By Mary Wisniewski
A group of more than 30 South and West Side ministers are complaining that Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed ride-share tax increase will hurt low-income riders and drivers, but city officials dispute the claim.
“Ride-share has truly been a blessing, said the Rev. Walter Turner of New Spiritual Light Missionary Baptist Church in the South Shore neighborhood, at a news conference on Tuesday. Turner said the proposed fee hike would have a “major impact” on people trying to get to doctor visits or buy groceries.
By Laura Washington
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is the first Chicago mayor to embrace racial equity in decades. Yet her new proposal to hike taxes on ride-hailing companies could hurt those she aims to help.
The Rev. Walter Turner wants to take her to church.
“[Ride-hailing], since its inception, Laura, has been a true blessing in our communities,” he told me Friday.
By Jaime di Paulo, Todd Maisch and Michael Reever
As organizations committed to creating a thriving city that works for all of Chicago’s diverse constituencies, neighborhoods and demographics, we have an obligation to speak up when we feel our members are being affected by unfair policy changes that ultimately impact the people who live, work and play in Chicago.
Chicago Would Have Most Expensive Uber, Lyft Rides In The Country If Lightfoot’s Congestion Tax Adopted, Rideshare Companies Say
By Kelly Bauer
DOWNTOWN — Uber and Lyft rides might get more expensive soon.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday that she’s considering a tax hike for ride-hailing companies so travelers will turn to more environmentally friendly options like buses, cutting back on congestion. Uber and Lyft aren’t happy about the proposal, saying it’ll give Chicago the highest ride-hailing fees in the country.
By WGN Web Desk
CHICAGO — Ride-share company Lyft is offering free rides to 11 Chicago area hospitals in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Lyft has partnered with Rush University Medical Center and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force to provide rides to and from breast cancer screenings at local hospitals.
The Sun-Times Editorial Board voiced its concern about one approach the city may take to congestion pricing.
At Lyft, we are firm supporters of true congestion pricing, when implemented comprehensively and in a way that doesn’t harm working families in Chicago.
Commuters may see some voter information handouts leading up to the Nov. 6 midterms, and on Election Day, some deep discounts courtesy of Lyft.
The rideshare company announced Thursday that it is stepping up efforts to get its users to vote by slashing the cost of rides by 50 percent, and even offering some free rides, on Election Day.
One frequently-cited reason why people say they don’t go out and vote is that they can’t get to their polling place.
To make it easier for everyone’s voice to be heard on Election Day, some transportation companies are offering free or discounted rides to polling places.
In honor of Black History Month, Lyft is providing its users with rides to the cultural institutions in Chicago that celebrate black culture.
All of February, Chicago Lyft users have access to one free ride of up to $10 to their choice of The Black Ensemble Theater, Gallery Guichard, the A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum or the DuSable Museum of African American History, the company announced Thursday.
By ADAM LUKACH
Uber also announced a similar offer Tuesday. The company is providing up to four free rides of up to $50 each to Chicago warming shelters with the code “DFSS” through Thursday night.
A company rep confirmed that Uber customers can use their code to help others in need.