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    Seattle’s Rideshare Caps Will Squash Innovators Such as Uber

    Seattle has earned the dubious honor of being the first city to cap the number of drivers that rideshare services such as Uber may keep on the road. Uber and companies like it represent a new type of cab ride for a new generation of smartphone-equipped riders, using apps and … More

    All I Want for Christmas Is an On-Demand Uber Ride

    Taxi and limousine companies must wish they themselves had thought of Uber, an app-based service that connects drivers with passengers and eliminates the need for cash payment. Uninhibited by the regulatory hurdles that plague conventional taxi service (if you can call it “service”), Uber is revolutionizing urban transportation. Uber is … More

    Uber Gives Taxi Regulators an Economics Lesson

    Regulators around the country are looking to shut down an innovative startup that provides on-demand taxi and limousine services at the push of a button. The fight may seem novel, given the technologies at hand, but there are some bedrock economic principles at play. On one side of the fight … More

    D.C. Taxis Fight Uber with Proposed Licensing Requirements

    In January, the Washington Taxicab Commission welcomed Uber, a smartphone-based car service, to the District with a sting operation. The charge: operating without a chauffer’s license. Uber won that fight, but its future in Washington remains uncertain. Uber lets users hail a limousine from their smartphones. A customer loads his … More

    Heritage Intern Award Winners: A Free Market for Taxis (VIDEO)

    Each semester, we bring together more than 60 young leaders from across the country to participate in our internship program in D.C. They are given the opportunity of practical experience working on policy research, marketing, and business, and training in communication skills like blogging and public speaking. They learn about America’s … More

    Competition Improves Cab Service for Riders

    It’s ironic that the front page of The Washington Post recently featured an obituary of long-time columnist William Raspberry on the same day it included a story warning that “D.C. cabbies fear being pushed out of business as earnings fall amid new rules, competition.” After all, Raspberry famously liked to … More