Cathy Bussewitz Associated Press Published 12:48 PM EST Nov 5, 2018 New York – Ride-share companies are capitalizing on voter enthusiasm ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections by offering free or discounted rides to the polls in shared cars, bikes and scooters. They say they are aiming to remove what many consider a barrier to voting: lack of transportation. Lyft is offering half-price rides to people in need and free rides to people in underserved communities. Uber is offering $10 off a ride to the polls across the country. And Motivate is offering free bike rides. Midterm elections are often marked by low voter turnout. But political watchers are expecting voter angst over which party will control the U.S. House and Senate, as well as lingering anger by both major parties over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, to drive more Americans to cast votes. … [Read more...] about Ride-share companies embrace election frenzy
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By Rex Crum | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 23, 2018 at 5:00 am | UPDATED: July 23, 2018 at 5:07 am SAN FRANCISCO — The day after he became chief executive of Uber almost one year ago, Dara Khosrowshahi met with company employees. While he introduced himself, and talked about what he hoped Uber could accomplish, he also didn’t mince words about the reality facing the ride-sharing giant. “We’re in a battle here and I think everybody knows it,” Khosrowshahi said during the meeting. “And right now Uber is in some trouble as far as public perception goes.” Today that battle is taking on signs of a war of attrition. In his 11 months since joining Uber, Khosrowshahi has made notable efforts to clean up the company’s reputation as a haven of bro culture, where reports of workplace harassment and discrimination were commonplace. But the “new” Uber has also taken some painful steps backwards, as … [Read more...] about Uber stumbles: Can the ride-sharing company repair its reputation once and for all?
Kimberly Crawl, a single mom from the South Side, thought she’d done all her research and made the right move for herself and her 10-year-old daughter when she leased a 2015 Chevy Malibu with just 15 miles on it from Uber. As a driver for the ride-sharing company, Crawl says she was told to expect she’d make more than enough money to make the lease payments on the new car. And the flexible schedule of an Uber driver, she hoped, would allow freedom to get her daughter from school. “It didn’t turn out that way,” says Crawl, 37. “Nightmare is an understatement.” In a lawsuit pending in federal court here, Crawl says the car she got was “an unsafe and undrivable ‘lemon.’” The loaner car she got in place of the Malibu couldn’t be used to give rides using the Uber app, leaving Crawl “unable to make her loan payments,” she alleges. Kimberly Crawl. Provided photo. Her lawyer, James Vlahakis of Lombard, … [Read more...] about Ride-share ‘nightmare?’ Lawsuit says car leased from Uber was unsafe ‘lemon’
When patients don’t show for a doctor’s appointment, the clinic takes a financial hit since there’s less revenue for covering overhead costs. The impact could be even worse under new “value-based care” contracts that give clinics financial incentives to make sure patients get preventive services to help avoid six-figure hospital stays down the road. Those are two key reasons why Dr. Chip Truwit and a colleague launched Hitch Health, a Minneapolis startup that’s among a select group of firms pitching clinics and health systems on the idea that making it easier to get to appointments can improve the quality of care while also lowering costs. “There are all sorts of reasons for no-shows, but a quarter of it is due to transportation problems,” Truwit said. “It’s better to spend $15 to get a patient to the clinic so you can take care of a problem before it becomes a big problem.” Hitch Health was developed out of Upstream … [Read more...] about Hitch Health joins ride-sharing startups trying to get patients to the doctor
Fort Worth Police are looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting an elderly woman in his car after she used a popular ride-sharing app, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports. Authorities say Hashem Ramezanpour, 40, picked up the victim in Dallas and stopped to assault the woman before dropping her off at her home in Fort Worth. Police didn't say what ride-sharing company Ramezanpur works for. The suspect drives a white 2016 Honda Civic with license plate number: TX-JBY3214. Ramezanpour is believed to have fled the country but if anyone has information on his whereabouts you can contact the Sex Crimes unit at 817-392-4350 or 817-392-4359. If you want to stay anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477 or text tip TIP117 to CRIMES (274637). An Uber spokesperson released a statement Monday evening saying it's working with law enforcement officials. "What has been described and reported to police is a violent act no person should ever have to go through. We are working with law … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Police look for ride-sharing driver suspected of sexual assault on passenger