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Lyft and GM to rent electric vehicles to ride-hailing drivers

Lyft’s partnership with General Motors is starting to bear fruit, with the ride-hailing company announcing Monday that drivers will soon be able to rent electric vehicles from GM to drive for hire. The program, named Express Drive, is intended to give drivers flexibility, according to Lyft’s director...

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Uber is making surge pricing more transparent — but a little less obvious
 

Uber is making surge pricing more transparent — but a little less obvious

Many an Uber passenger has been shocked by the cost of a ride as a result of the company’s controversial surge-pricing policy.  That might change under a new “no surprises” approach to fares that the ride-hailing giant announced Friday. Uber isn’t doing away with surge pricing – its strategy of raising fares...

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  • Uber reportedly seeks to raise up to $2 billion in the leveraged loan market

    Uber reportedly seeks to raise up to $2 billion in the leveraged loan market

    Uber needs cash to power its global expansion, but selling more equity could prove costly for the world’s most valuable start-up. That’s why the ride-hailing giant is turning to the risky leveraged loan market, according to a person familiar with the matter. Uber has hired Morgan Stanley and Barclays...

  • Metro officials hope to pass half-cent sales tax that would not expire

    Metro officials hope to pass half-cent sales tax that would not expire

    Transportation officials said Friday that a long-discussed proposal to raise Los Angeles County’s base sales tax by a half-cent to fund transportation investments has undergone a small but significant change: The tax increase would continue indefinitely, rather than expiring after four decades. ...

  • How sleazy is Uber? This federal judge wants to know

    How sleazy is Uber? This federal judge wants to know

    We’re familiar with the Uber that talked about responding to bad publicity by digging up dirt on reporters following the company. Also the Uber that allegedly stalked passengers using its service, following their travel routes for the amusement of its party-goers. And the Uber that moves heaven...

  • Uber and 2 of its executives are convicted and fined in France

    Uber and 2 of its executives are convicted and fined in France

    A French court has convicted and fined Uber and two of its executives for deceptive commercial practices and illegal business activity over its lowest-cost ride service. It's the latest legal tangle for the app-based business, which has faced protests from taxi unions and regulators around the...

  • L.A. activists sentenced to probation for 2015 protest of police shootings

    L.A. activists sentenced to probation for 2015 protest of police shootings

    Two Los Angeles activists who were facing possible jail time for their roles in a downtown protest against police shootings that blocked a Metro rail line last year were sentenced to probation Wednesday morning. Anthony Johnson, 58, and William Bannister, 44, were convicted of disorderly conduct...

  • Uber tweaks its app in bid to appease drivers

    Uber tweaks its app in bid to appease drivers

    Facing a high-profile labor lawsuit and backlash from drivers complaining about lower wages, Uber Technologies Inc. is changing parts of its ride-hailing app to appease those behind the wheel.  Features announced Monday will allow drivers to turn down passengers who aren’t heading in the same direction, stop...

  • Uber and Lyft team up to deliver for Wal-Mart

    Uber and Lyft team up to deliver for Wal-Mart

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has enlisted ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to help it battle rising grocery competitor Amazon.com Inc. The two San Francisco firms will partner with Wal-Mart to get last-mile grocery deliveries to customers as part of a test program starting in two weeks. Uber will deliver...

  • Bill to expand Metro board is shelved in Sacramento

    Bill to expand Metro board is shelved in Sacramento

    Sacramento lawmakers shelved a bill Thursday that would have added eight members to the agency that oversees Los Angeles County’s buses and growing rail network, citing unresolved concerns over the legislation. The bill, authored by Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), would have added Metropolitan Transportation...

  • Saudi Arabia pours $3.5 billion into Uber

    Saudi Arabia pours $3.5 billion into Uber

    Uber said Wednesday that it is getting a massive cash infusion from Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich nation's sovereign investment fund is putting $3.5 billion into the global transportation company and will get a seat on Uber's board of directors. Funding for new tech companies has been slowing in recent...

  • LAX arrivals are slowest at getting to the gate after landing, study finds

    LAX arrivals are slowest at getting to the gate after landing, study finds

    Perhaps the best moment in a commercial flight is when the plane lands safely and you know you are only minutes away from getting out of your cramped seat and into the terminal. The bad news for passengers at Los Angeles International Airport is that it takes planes landing at LAX longer to get to...

  • State cap-and-trade auction falls far short, hurting bullet train

    State cap-and-trade auction falls far short, hurting bullet train

    The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell sharply below expectations, as buyers purchased just 2% of the carbon credits whose sale funds a variety of state programs -- notably, the proposed high-speed rail project. The quarterly auction, conducted May 18...

  • Toyota invests in Uber; Volkswagen backs Gett

    Toyota invests in Uber; Volkswagen backs Gett

    Toyota Motor Corp. announced Tuesday a partnership with Uber Technologies in which the Japanese automaker will invest an undisclosed sum in the ride-hailing company and establish a car-leasing option for Uber drivers. Through the partnership, the two companies will “explore collaboration ... in...

  • Threat to jetliner parked on LAX tarmac deemed not credible

    Threat to jetliner parked on LAX tarmac deemed not credible

    A threat made Tuesday morning against an American Eagle flight at Los Angeles International Airport was not credible, FBI officials said. The threat was reported at 8:37 a.m. PDT against Flight 5931, which was flying from Houston to Los Angeles, said Polly Tracey, a spokeswoman for American Airlines....

  • Lyft plans to test a feature allowing users to schedule rides a day in advance

    Lyft plans to test a feature allowing users to schedule rides a day in advance

    Lyft is rolling out a new feature that's common among taxi and car services yet rare among app-based ride companies. The San Francisco firm announced Monday that it will soon roll out an advanced reservation feature that will let customers use the Lyft app to schedule a ride up to 24 hours before...

  • Trains are packed as Metro's Expo Line extension to Santa Monica opens

    Trains are packed as Metro's Expo Line extension to Santa Monica opens

    It was 1953 when the last Pacific Electric streetcars traveled between downtown Los Angeles and the Santa Monica shore. On Friday, that popular old route was reborn with the extension of the Expo Line across a territory whose major thoroughfares now are routinely jammed, bumper to bumper. It marked...

  • 'This is L.A.': Passengers subdue knife-wielding out-of-towners on Metro bus

    When two intoxicated, knife-wielding out-of-towners decided to stir up trouble on a Metro bus in North Hollywood on Thursday, a couple of L.A. riders weren’t having any part in it. Cellphone video posted on Instagram shows L.A. bus riders taking down two men, who claimed to be from Chicago, after...

  • Counter-terrorism security increases at LAX after EgyptAir Flight 804 disappears

    Counter-terrorism security increases at LAX after EgyptAir Flight 804 disappears

    Counter-terrorism security measures were heightened Friday at the Los Angeles International Airport in the wake of the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804. Los Angeles Airport Police say security was strengthened as it monitors events and intelligence, both abroad and domestically. “The safety...

  • Uber and Lyft have built loyal following, survey finds

    Uber and Lyft have built loyal following, survey finds

    Americans who use ride-hailing apps believe the services are a positive force in the economy, and they should not be regulated like traditional taxis, according to a survey conducted by an independent research group. The survey, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, suggests that companies...

  • Key construction deadline for California bullet train pushed back four years

    Key construction deadline for California bullet train pushed back four years

    The Obama administration threw the California bullet train project another lifeline Wednesday, extending the schedule by four years for construction of 118 miles of rail through the Central Valley, according to congressional officials. The extension came through modification of a $2.5-billion grant...

  • Airlines expect record high numbers of passengers this summer

    Airlines expect record high numbers of passengers this summer

    A record 231.1 million passengers are expected to travel on U.S.-based airlines this summer, a 4% increase over last summer. That was the forecast Wednesday from Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation's air carriers. The prediction is good news for the airline industry but it could...

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