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San Jose Taxis on strike

Original post made by Sam, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Nov 10, 2015

They're protesting Uber and Lyft. The San Jose City Council relaxed restrictions on ride-sharing companies so that they could legally pick up and drop off at SJC, and this is the taxicab industry's response.

San Jose taxis have enjoyed a lock on the cab business for decades, all provided via sweetheart regulations courtesy of the city and paid for by political contributions. The lock is fast disappearing, and the taxis are retaliating in the only way they know how - by striking. Just like a union, except it isn't a formal union.

SFO, OAK, and LAX all allow Uber and Lyft. What's different in San Jose? Other cities support the new business model including NYC, Chicago, and Washington DC. Why, here in the self-proclaimed center of worldwide innovation, are we so behind the times?

Comments (10)

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Most business prefer no competition. I agree with Sam.


Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

FYI: Uber and Lyft offer FREE RIDES to US Veterans seeking employment!

Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Took Uber for the first time a couple of months ago. Went from Pleasanton to Oakland International.

Unless a city is not serviced by Uber, I will NEVER take a taxi again.

After a quick download of the Uber App, I had a car arrive within about 3 minutes. Received a discount because of the distance.

Very good service at a nice price. Unbeatable.

If taxis can't compete, buh bye!

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Disruption to stale industries gives birth to progress. Nummi to Tesla. Taxis to Uber. We need the same in education

Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 11, 2015 at 7:58 am

yea and you can understand what the uber drivers are saying.
cya taxis.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 11, 2015 at 9:55 am

money matters and that's why I NEVER ride a taxi...end of story!

Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm

San Jose taxis ended their strike, most calling it unproductive. The City is expected to loosen the current regulations for taxis to bring them more in line with those for Uber and Lyft.

Meanwhile, in Orange County, a cab company filed suit against Uber and Lyft calling their competition "unfair" because of their lower pricing and business model.

Posted by bluebirdcab
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

an ordinary taxi business or uber taxi business both works on parallel ways

Posted by Jesse
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 17, 2015 at 9:21 am

Try Lyft....better prices than Uber

Posted by curious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Has anyone in Pleasanton had experience with uber? It would seem like the Black Tie owner should be more concerned about uber than Costco!!

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