Chicago City Council Approves UBER & Competitors Pickups at O’Hare & Midway Airport

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With Chicago, another major U.S. city cleared the way this week for ride sharing services UBER and other competitors to offer services from the cities international airport.

Chicago Airport UBER

It was long discussed if the controversial car service provider should be allowed to pick up passengers at O’Hare and Midway Airport and has already been discussed for quite some time. Now they got the all clear.

Many customers use the popular service for a long time already to get dropped off at the airport terminals but so far the pick-up was prohibited.

The Chicago Sun TImes (access here) reported about the decision that took place in Chicago this week.

A ride-hailing giant whose investors include Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother came out a big winner Monday after Emanuel salvaged his plan to give Uber, Lyft and Sidecar the lucrative right to make airport pickups without requiring their drivers to get chauffeur licenses. …

Ald. John Arena (45th) said mayor Emanuel is counting on generating $30 million in fees by giving ride-hailing companies the keys to the airport kingdom. The mayor was not about to jeopardize that windfall by requiring ride-hailing drivers serving O’Hare and Midway airports to get chauffeur licenses. …

Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans would be empowered to issue rules “governing the display, design and contents of additional distinctive signs or emblems that may be required to be displayed” on ride-hailing vehicles used to make pickups at O’Hare, Midway, McCormick Place and Navy Pier. Additional “distinctive signs or emblems” must also be provided to their drivers, the compromise states.

Overall the whole platform of discussions regarding ‘pro and con’ UBER services is the same as in every city so far where cab drivers and companies fear their monopoly of transportation services is being intruded.

A while back I wrote an article here on Loyalty Lobby (access here) about my experiences using UBER to/from airports and how it has improved my travel experience.

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I began to really like UBER during the past year for many reasons. Some of which are a proper fare estimate, route tracking and better quality of vehicles compared to taxi cabs (in most countries). Local cab companies have to realize that times are changing and they can’t protect a monopoly forever.

In Chicago the political leaders obviously chose to go for the extra revenue that car sharing services will provide, rather than protectively holding the hand over the cab companies.