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Uber Omaha

Postby iamjacobm » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:30 pm

http://www.siliconprairienews.com/2014/04/is-uber-coming-to-omaha

It looks like Uber, the black car service you can reserve from your smartphone, may be coming to Omaha.

While Omaha isn't listed on the official site yet, an @Uber_Omaha Twitter account appeared on Friday. The description mimics that of the @Uber_Indy and appears to be run by the same person.

The wildly popular service has made waves in the transportation industry in New York City, San Francisco and other major cities.

Silicon Prairie News reached out to Uber officials for confirmation and more information, but has not yet received an official comment.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:04 pm

If this is true I would be so happy!!

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Mr.Nuke » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:33 pm

After being told the wait for a cab would be an hour and a half on Saturday night, Uber coming to Omaha would be amazing.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Brad » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:36 pm

Really??? That would Be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

We use Uber whenever we got to DC. Its Awesome!
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:14 pm

Doesn't look promising.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Coyote » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:07 pm

Nay one ever catch a cab on 10th & Farnam?

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Brad » Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:27 pm

Coyote wrote:Nay one ever catch a cab on 10th & Farnam?

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According to the OMBA news letter, this "cab zone" is new.
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Coyote » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:23 pm

Lyft “exploring” Kansas City, Omaha for its rideshare service

Silicon Prairie a News wrote:Lyft, the ridesharing service with the pink mustaches on cars, appears to be sniffing out the Omaha and Kansas City markets. Facebook and Craiglist ads for drivers have popped up in recent weeks and now Lyft employees are working out of Think Big Coworking in Kansas City.

Lyft officials so far are mum on the markets, saying they are only "exploring" Kansas City, and testing ads in Omaha and 20 other cities where Lyft isn't operating but interested in exploring. The news comes on the heels of an Omaha Uber Twitter account appearing earlier this month. Uber has not officially announced plans for Omaha.
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Dundeemaha » Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:04 pm

Looks like Uber may be coming to Omaha soon after all.

At the Omar building parking lot today during the AirBnb meetup, all of the nice looking cars in the lot had this on their window:
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Coyote » Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:07 pm

They have been advertising that on Craigslist for a few weeks now. I don't know if it a sign of their coming, or just testing the market. I think it has something to do with putting a pink mustache on your cars grill...
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Coyote » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:49 pm

Well now, this is something else:

Ride services Uber, Lyft told to cease and desist


Adrian Whitsett, KETV wrote:Public Service Commissioner Anne Boyle said Uber and Lyft don’t have the authority to operate in the state.

“We will cite the drivers and we will impound their car,” Boyle said. “They are providing a transportation service for a fee. That is against the law in Nebraska unless you come before the commission.”
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:54 pm

It would be nice if we would stop chasing away progress in this state...I have ridden with Uber and have taken cabs. I have felt vastly safer in Uber.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Brad » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:59 pm

Uber cars/drivers should already have the the proper permits. They are car service drivers making extra money when they don't have a customer.

I agree Jacob. We haven't taken a cab in DC since we learned about Uber.
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:49 pm

UberBlack, Taxi, SUV would have the proper permits but I don't think UberX does. However, they don't need it because they are technically a rideshare service and not a taxi service. That being said, I wish the government would get rid of this small town mentality and let these companies come to Omaha and help make it into the metropolitan city it is trying to become.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby ShawJ » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:37 am

Lyft will have representatives in Omaha on Thursday. Not sure how the recent news will mess with things, but it sounds like they want to launch really soon in the metro. I've heard that they launched in St. Louis despite a cease and desist. Maybe someone more familiar can confirm that.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:47 am

I'm pretty sure both Uber and Lyft want to launch quickly. My guess would before the College World Series. Lyft has been very active in discussions and Uber has said they are looking for drivers to "Launch Omaha" while gauging interest in Lincoln. Also, from reading the comments on all of the news stories, it is pretty clear people want theses services, are tired of the taxi monopoly in Omaha, and want to the government to stop stifling these companies.
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby iamjacobm » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:22 pm

lmdramos wrote:I'm pretty sure both Uber and Lyft want to launch quickly. My guess would before the College World Series. Lyft has been very active in discussions and Uber has said they are looking for drivers to "Launch Omaha" while gauging interest in Lincoln. Also, for reading the comments on all of the news stories, it is pretty clear people want theses services, are tired of the taxi monopoly in Omaha, and want to the government to stop stifling these companies.


Heck they probably want it before the BH meeting and Big Omaha. Those are events full of people that would use the service too.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby ShawJ » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:17 pm

iamjacobm wrote:
lmdramos wrote:I'm pretty sure both Uber and Lyft want to launch quickly. My guess would before the College World Series. Lyft has been very active in discussions and Uber has said they are looking for drivers to "Launch Omaha" while gauging interest in Lincoln. Also, for reading the comments on all of the news stories, it is pretty clear people want theses services, are tired of the taxi monopoly in Omaha, and want to the government to stop stifling these companies.


Heck they probably want it before the BH meeting and Big Omaha. Those are events full of people that would use the service too.


I was told next week, but that might not be entirely accurate.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:31 pm

Here is an article breaking down UberX's insurance and safety checks. It clearly shows that the stunt the Nebraska PSC is pulling about public safety is total BS. Also of note, Uber has added a $1 safety fee to all UberX rides...presumably to cover insurance.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Professor Woland » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:08 pm

lmdramos wrote:UberBlack, Taxi, SUV would have the proper permits but I don't think UberX does. However, they don't need it because they are technically a rideshare service and not a taxi service. That being said, I wish the government would get rid of this small town mentality and let these companies come to Omaha and help make it into the metropolitan city it is trying to become.


Actually this is pretty "big city" of Omaha. Most cities have monopolistic or duopolistic taxi industries which erect roadblocks to these services. It has nothing to do with safety, it's about control mainly, and to a lesser degree taking care of established players in the industry. We're lucky the car was invented a long time ago or we'd all still be riding horse drawn carriages.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:44 am

Also, here is a link comparing Lyft safety requirement compared to St. Louis taxi cabs.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Coyote » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:57 am

Proposed 5% hike in cab fares meets reluctant state transportation official

Barbara Soderlin: World-Herald staff writer wrote:Per-mile rates would rise approximately 5 percent in both Omaha and Lincoln for cabs under the Yellow, Checker, Cornhusker, Safeway and Happy Cab names.

Separately Tuesday, the commission discussed concerns about online ride services Uber and Lyft possibly launching operations in Nebraska.
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:42 pm

I can almost assure you that both Uber and Lyft will be launching very soon. I received calls from both companies public relations teams telling me about how they are going to launch in Omaha and would like help promoting it and drumming up support for their companies. At the same time, they would like to call into question Sothert, the Omaha city council, and the Nebraska PSC for their actions so far on the matter.
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Collin » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:41 pm

Rides start tonight!

Lyft to launch in Omaha, Lincoln today; regulators say it's illegal for now in Nebraska

Lyft plans to launch tonight in Omaha and Lincoln, offering free rides for two weeks to new users and setting up a legal battle on city streets.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:46 pm

Lyft followed through. Looks like it's Uber's turn now!!

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby iamjacobm » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:26 pm

I really really hope the police have better things to do than run down these pink mustaches this weekend.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Collin » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:01 pm

They just updated that article. Looks like police won't ticket drivers while the service is free for these first 2 weeks but when they start charging they will "go out onto the streets and try to pick them up and cite the driver and impound the car".

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Greg S » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:44 am

These services are encountering the same issues in KC.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby GetUrban » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:26 am

So safety (insurance, etc.) is not an issue unless they charge us money for a ride? Strange how it's OK for people to use the service if it's free. Only when they start cutting into the cabbie's profit does it become an issue, apparently.
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Postby HR Paperstacks » Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:14 pm

Omaha chamber president urges ‘proactive solution’ on Lyft, Uber

Barbara Soderlin / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce president on Wednesday asked state regulators to “find a proactive solution” that would allow transportation services like Lyft and Uber to operate in the metro area.

“Expansion of transportation choices is a key part of our effort to grow and diversify the metro population and workforce,” chamber President David Brown wrote in a letter to members of the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

By Wednesday afternoon, representatives of the commission and the chamber were arranging to meet next week.

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Postby Brad » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:42 pm

I heard his letter read in its entirety on the radio earlier today and it was spot on.

I can't seem to find it anywhere right now.
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Postby Uffda » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:09 pm

Drivers flood Minneapolis City Hall for Lyft, Uber hearing


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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby lmdramos » Tue May 06, 2014 5:01 pm

Uber X launched in Omaha today!

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lmdramos wrote:Uber X launched in Omaha today!

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UberX launches in Omaha despite legal scrutiny, potential for tickets

Silicon Prairie News wrote:Ride costs begin at a 50 cent base fare, in addition to $0.45 per minute and $1.65 per mile. The service also tacks on a $1 "safe ride" fee that goes toward expenses like insurance and background checks. For instance, the five-mile ride from Omaha Eppley Airport to the downtown Old Market would be about $14.25.

Lyft, which begins charging for rides Thursday after its two week free trial, will likely face up to $500 fines and vehicle impoundment, according to PSC rules. If uberX is charging, they also will face tickets.

Omaha and Lincoln police have promised tickets to drivers taking money for the illegally operating rideshare services. Officer Michael Pecha, a spokesperson for the department, says the Omaha Police will enforce the city's law.

"I do not have any other information right now about if we are going to actively pursue these operations, or if we will only respond to complaints," Pecha said.
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Omababe » Wed May 07, 2014 7:30 am

For instance, the five-mile ride from Omaha Eppley Airport to the downtown Old Market would be about $14.25.


Uh, that sounds a bit high to me. I thought these car services were supposed to be cheaper than a taxi.

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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Brad » Wed May 07, 2014 8:52 am

We use Uber in DC so we already had the app on our phone. We looked last night when we were in the old market and there were two Uber cars in Downtown.

I don't know that they much cheaper, they are way more convenient.
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Postby Coyote » Wed May 07, 2014 10:04 pm

KETV is reporting that Andy Pollock a lobbyist for Happy Cab, sent emails out trying to ruin the reputation of Lyft.
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Re: Uber Omaha

Postby Coyote » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:52 am

What ever happened to the Uber/Lyft controversy? Was it resolved? Are they operating?
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