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Lori Lightfoot’s new rideshare tax makes it more expensive to travel in, around downtown Chicago

Lori Lightfoot’s new rideshare tax makes it more expensive to travel in, around downtown Chicago

Elena King, Contributing Writer

January 19, 2020

Chicago, home to some of the highest taxes in the nation, introduced a new rideshare tax on Jan. 6. This tax, brought on by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, aims to alleviate much of the traffic congestion in Chicago as a form of incentivizing commuters to take public transit or shared rides in order to lessen traffic ...

Chicago mulling a hike on ride-hailing fees in downtown area

Chicago mulling a hike on ride-hailing fees in downtown area

Associated Press

October 11, 2019

Chicago officials are considering an increase in ride-hailing fees for solo riders traveling downtown, in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told a local radio station Thursday in a pre-recorded broadcast that she will recommend the "short-term" plan to give breaks to...

Ridesharing ordinance passes City Council

Companies like Lyft no longer have to worry about the legality of ridesharing in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Lyft.

Danielle Harris

June 2, 2014

"Don’t get in a car with strangers.” While this collective guidance may seem like common sense, ridesharing companies were approved by the City Council on May 28 as being entirely legal in the city of Chicago. Ridesharing companies such as UberX, Sidecar and Lyft offer the same services as traditional...

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