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Paul Koretz
If you like Uber, you would've loved the jitney
If you like Uber, you would've loved the jitney

Car services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are thriving because they've embraced an obvious, good idea: connecting those who have spare time and wheels with people who need rides. Founded just five years ago, Uber now operates in 128 cities and on every continent but Antarctica. The company and its competitors connect riders and drivers every day across America. But the services are also encountering stiff resistance from regulators nearly everywhere they go. In Washington, the City Council proposed a rule that would have required car services to charge at least five times what taxis charge. The proposed language openly acknowledged that the aim was to ensure these services would pose...