Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Out To Lunch: The Disrupters

Steve Beatty and Tom Hayes.
Credit Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

Over the last few years the word "disrupt" has found its way into the American business vocabulary. On today's Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti introduces us to two local disrupters.

Tom Hayes is New Orleans General Manager of Uber. Uber is an international and nationwide car service that disrupts the taxi business — which it is in the process of doing here in New Orleans.

Steve Beatty is Editor of The Lens. The Lens is an investigative reporting organization that is disrupting local news media.

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Latest News
5:28 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Uber Car Service Allowed To Operate In New Orleans

The New Orleans City Council cleared the way for mobile ride app Uber to operate in the city with a 4-3 vote Thursday.
Adam Fagen Flickr

After a long campaign to get permission to operate in New Orleans, the Uber car service app will become available for use locally  -- with a minimum fare of $15.

The City Council cleared the way for Uber’s operation with a 4-3 vote on Thursday.

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Latest News
7:44 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Orleans City Council Delays Decision On Uber Luxury Car Service

An ice cream truck, out for Uber's ice cream promotion. The ridesharing service has been blocked from entering the New Orleans market.
Credit Malorie Marshall / WWNO

The New Orleans City Council has delayed a decision on allowing luxury limousine service from the cell phone-based company, Uber.

Members decided to revisit the matter at its September 4 meeting.

The company, with support from the mayor’s office, wants to start at least limited service. Uber operates in other cities, where customers book rides from an app.

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WWNO/WRKF Investigates
12:21 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ridesharing: A Tale of Two Cities

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:12 am

The ridesharing company Uber has gotten a mixed reception in Louisiana. WWNO's Malorie Marshall has been following the company’s foray into New Orleans, where politicians and members of the taxi industry have been resistant.

Meanwhile, Baton Rouge has seized on the opportunity, quickly passing an ordinance that allowed Uber to get rolling in the capitol city in July. A couple weeks later, I opened up Uber’s app on my smartphone to see if I could catch a ride.

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Latest News
6:05 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Another Roadblock For Uber's Expansion Into New Orleans

The Uber smartphone service provides an alternative to traditional taxi and limousine services in over 70 cities. The New Orleans City Council has introduced an ordinance forcing the service to charge minimum fares of $25-$35.
issye Flickr

The smartphone-based car service Uber has encountered a barrier to its expansion into New Orleans in the form of high minimum fare requirements, the New Orleans CityBusiness reports.

The city council introduced legislation last week that would establish a minimum fare of at least $25 for an Uber sedan ride. Uber officials were expecting a minimum fare requirement of about $10 to $15 dollars. A $25 minimum fare would be one of the more expensive minimums in more than 70 cities where the service operates.

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5:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Uber Is Trying Again To Service New Orleans

Taxi and limo companies in New Orleans have resisted competition by Uber, a smartphone app that connects drivers with riders.
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Workers with the San Francisco-based car service Uber say they’re working with the city to allow the company to legally operate in New Orleans, New Orleans City Business is reporting.

Uber has had trouble trying to expand into New Orleans so far. But Uber’s New Orleans general manager Thomas Hayes said that the company is currently working to revise regulations that have kept Uber from operating in the city. Hayes told City Business that the company is optimistic about support from City Hall.

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7:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Deadline Today For New Taxi Permits

The city of New Orleans is cutting off the application process for new taxi permits. Officials say the response to get new permits has been tremendous.

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