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Jax Daily Record Friday, Aug. 4, 201701:05 PM EST

Uber, JAA reach agreement in fee dispute; taxi firms to pay more

“There will be no disruption in service for Uber users,” JAA says.
by: David Cawton Associate Editor

Jacksonville Aviation Authority said Friday the authority has reached an agreement with ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc.

In a statement, by authority spokesman Michael Stewart wrote that the companies had come to an “agreement for the rideshare company to legally operate at Jacksonville International Airport.”

“There will be no disruption in service for Uber users,” he wrote.

In a memo sent to the authority this week, Uber threatened to pull drivers from servicing Jacksonville International Airport over a fee dispute.

Uber claims its drivers are being charged a higher per-trip fee than taxi companies to operate on airport property.

Taxis pay a $2.50 fee while Uber has been charged $3.25, the same as its rides-hailing app competitor Lyft, which signed a one-year agreement with the authority in May.

Kasra Moshkani, General Manager for Uber Florida said the agreement resulted in a $2.50 temporary fee structure for both ride-hailing services and taxi companies.

The fees go to $3.25 for all companies on Sep. 1.

“We thank the airport's leadership for working to ensure that Jacksonville residents continue to have access to affordable and reliable transportation options,” wrote Moshkani in a statement.

Legislation signed by Gov. Rick Scott in July requires airport authorities to come to terms with ride-hailing companies and adopt a universal fee structure for them to follow.

The law takes oversight and regulation of ride-hailing companies away from local municipalities or authorities and places it in the hands of the state to streamline the technology’s integration with existing services.

Other specifics, like how much Uber is paying the authority for the rights to service the airport or the length of the contract are unknown.

John Finotti, vice present for Tucker/Hall on behalf of the authority, declined to share specific details of the contract, saying only that it “should be signed and executed within a week.”

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