Minneapolis legalizes ride-sharing apps Lyft, Uber

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Updated: 7/18 1:30 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis has legalized on-demand ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber, despite concerns from the taxi industry.

By a nearly unanimous vote, the City Council on Friday approved new ordinances to legalize so-called "transportation network companies."

Lyft and Uber essentially allow people to act as chauffeurs of their own vehicles, connecting with passengers through smartphone apps. They cannot pick up passengers who hail them on the street, but unlike taxi companies are free to raise rates.

Council member Jacob Frey sponsored the ordinance. He says more transportation options will help people give up their cars.

The Star Tribune reports council member Blong Yang cast the lone "no" vote. Yang says the proposal would mean the taxi industry "will be changed forever."

St. Paul is crafting its own version of the regulations.


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