SFO taxi protest causes gridlock, headaches

By Kale Williams : sfgate – excerpt

A taxi driver protest against ride services such as Uber and Lyft caused gridlock and a lot of headaches at San Francisco International Airport on Monday night, officials said.

The cabbies wouldn’t pick up riders and were blocking lanes starting about 9 p.m., SFO duty manager John Gintry said, and travelers reported long backups coming into and going out of the airport.

Signs were posted on many of the taxis reading, “This vehicle has full-time insurance, ‘TNCs’ (transportation network companies) do not!”

Flyers were distributed among many of the cabbies by the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance with instructions for the protest, telling them to circle the terminals from about 9 to 11 p.m… (more)

SuperShuttle drivers at Bay Area airports protest lower fees for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, others

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

SuperShuttle drivers protesting higher fees they have to pay compared to transportation network companies at Bay Area airports did not show up to work Sunday, a company spokesman said.

About 75 percent of the drivers serving the San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport and Mineta San Jose International Airport did not report to their job, according to Jim Gleich, senior vice president for the west region of TransDev, a company that owns SuperShuttle.

A majority of their traffic is to SFO, he said. The drivers say they are against the fee structure set up by the SuperShuttle, which has not changed its business model in the past 10 years, Gleich said.

SuperShuttle is comprised of franchisees under the company’s trademark. The shuttles in the Bay Area and the state have to comply with regulations from the California Public Utilities Commission, according to Gleich… (more)


SFO Celebrates First Legal Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing Service

by Chris Cooney : – excerpt

A San Francisco-based company has become the first ride-sharing business to begin operating legally at San Francisco International Airport, an airport spokesman said.
RelayRides, which allows Bay Area travelers to park for free at hotels near SFO while their cars are rented out to visitors during their trips, is the first peer-to-peer car sharing company to be granted permission to operate at the Bay Area’s busiest airport, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.
During negotiations with the airport, the company’s executives showed a “unique” willingness to comply with state and local rules governing airport ground transportation that Yakel said other ride-sharing companies—such as Lyft, UberX and FlightCar—have so far lacked.
“What really differentiates RelayRides from other transportation network companies is their willingness to work within the existing business structure at SFO,” Yakel said.
The company has also agreed to pay SFO 10 percent of the profits it earns from business generated at the airport, Yakel said… (more)

I wouldn’t call it a “car share” since the owners are renting their cars, but, there is a legal framework for anyone who wants to rent their car out instead of paying to park it.

RelayRides to Provide Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals at San Francisco Airport

By Yuliya Chernova : wsj.com – excerpt

Flyers who don’t want to pay $18 per day for long-term parking at the San Francisco International Airport will have an option, starting in August, to park their cars for free, courtesy of startup RelayRides Inc.
When the owners return, their gas tank will be full and the car will be washed. The catch? RelayRides will be able to rent out the car. For the renters, said Steve Webb, spokesman for RelayRides, the rental fees will be about 40% cheaper than standard… (more)

Flightcar: San Francisco sues unruly SFO car rental startup from Santa Clara

By Joshua Melvin : mercurynews.com – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO –A Santa Clara car rental startup has provoked a legal dustup at San Francisco International Airport, making it the latest in a series of battles between rule testing tech entrepreneurs and officials.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is accusing FlightCar, Inc. of dodging fees and undercutting its competition at the airport so the city wants the startup to give a cut of its profits to SFO and follow a few rules or shut down.
In a lawsuit filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, Herrera argues FlightCar — which allows travelers to rent out their cars instead of paying for airport parking — also has flouted car rental agency rules.
No legal action has been taken on the city’s request to force the company to shape up or close down. FlightCar’s response to the suit is due by July 1.
But it’s yet another battle between tech-based transportation startups and those who would police them… (more)

 Not that we would ever consider allowing strangers to drive our car while we are out of town, but, what happened here? This shared vehicles project is not sanctioned by San Francisco because they forgot to offer the city cut? FlightCar parks these cars off site at their own expense.

SFO Car Sharing Startup Sued Over Violating Airport Rules 
SF suing Startup over business at SFO