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Judge says Uber, Lyft should be treated like taxis

Judge says Uber, Lyft should be treated like taxis

Ruling orders city to level playing field between apps and cabs in absence of state regs

A FEDERAL JUDGE on Thursday ordered Boston officials to explain what regulations they plan to implement on ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to treat them like cabs until the state comes up with some action and why the court should not issue an injunction barring the companies from operating. In a lengthy ruling(...)

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Municipalities shouldn’t go it alone on IT

Municipalities shouldn’t go it alone on IT

Potholes abound for DPWs; coordination could help

EVERY ONE OF US relies on the services of local public works departments, pretty much every day, from morning to evening, in one way or another. Think for a moment about everything public works departments do for our region. They maintain roads and sidewalks, haul garbage, collect hazardous household waste, mow fields, install traffic signals,(...)

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Luxe backs out

Luxe backs out

Valet parking service app finds Boston streets too expensive to navigate

LUXE VALET, the San Francisco-based technology company that looks to solve urban parking problems, is pulling out of Boston after a mere six months of parking people’s cars. In an email to subscribers over the weekend, the company said it will cease operations in Boston on January 1, though it continues to operate in six other(...)

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The T’s chief tweeter

The T’s chief tweeter

Lisa Battiston works with the agency’s 138,000 followers

When did you start at the T and where did you come from? I started in November 2011. I came from outside the authority. I had just gotten my masters in fine arts from Emerson in creative writing. Are you a whiz at social media? As adept as most 20-somethings are at social media. I(...)

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No common ground in Uber fight

No common ground in Uber fight

Testimony on competing bills reveals divisive views on how to regulate new industry

WITH A RAINBOW of partisans as a backdrop – hundreds of Uber supporters in blue, a near-equal number of taxi drivers in bright yellow, and a smattering of Lyft devotees in magenta – lawmakers at the State House on Tuesday took testimony on four disparate bills seeking to craft state rules covering the unregulated ride-hailing companies.(...)

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Boston’s data plan

Mayor Marty Walsh is determined to go boldly into the 21st century. Or at least make sure Boston arrives, even if a little late, at the end of the 20th. So it was that the mayor stood yesterday, appropriately enough, in the middle of the city’s Innovation District (also known as the Seaport District, also(...)

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