CHICAGO -- In a vote expected to pass in the city council Wednesday, ride-share companies would be allowed to pick up passengers at the airports, a destination previously exclusive to taxi cabs.
The proposal passed the finance committee yesterday.
If it passes, it will also cost you more to push a button and order an Uber or Lyft. Ride-share companies will pay an additional 2 cents per airport ride and an additional $5 pick up fee. Cab drivers pay two dollars. But make no bones about it, in a cash strapped city with a $745 million dollar budget shortfall, any extra dollars will help. In the agreement, ride shares and taxis also have to kick in an additional 20 cents per ride citywide up to 50 cents. This will add another $48 million to the city's general fund.
Today, Uber rolled out a digital ad pushing for the ordinance. The ad shows people waiting in long taxi lines at O’Hare at peak times on the busiest days: Thursday and Sunday.
The company claims 37,000 people have signed a petition to open competition taxis at the airports.
In a statement, Uber said:
Allowing rideshare services to pick up at the airports will end these long taxi lines and give people another transportation choice at O'Hare and Midway. It will also help drivers boost their earnings and avoid having to return from the airports in an empty car with no passengers.
Uber says it has 140,000 drop offs a month at the airports and yet it still can't take passengers home. They leave in empty cars. So Uber sees this as a huge win.