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Lyft offers options to school parents without rides

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lyft logoCarolina Gallae did not attend her two children's recent parent-teacher conferences. There just wasn't enough time for her to make the four-hour trip to Jones Lane Elementary School in Gaithersburg.

Gallee only lives six miles from the school, and her children have a relatively short ride on the school bus, but without a car, she would have had to take several buses and then walk four miles just to get to the school, and then repeat the lengthy trip to get back home.

“There are approximately 40 parents or so living in this neighborhood” who can't pick up their children when they are sick, attend meetings and school events, volunteer or be as involved as they want to be, Gallae said through a translator.

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Barwood taxi files for bankruptcy protection

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The largest taxi company servicing Montgomery County has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court.

Lee Barnes, Barwood CEO and president, blamed both the invasion of Uber and Lyft into the County and the County Council’s failure to regulate the new ride-sharing companies the way it regulates the taxi industry.

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County regulates taxis

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County Council farewell picROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed legislation Tuesday to allow for more independence among taxicab drivers and facilitate competition with apps like Uber and Lyft.

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Taxicab regs up for grabs

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highway linesROCKVILLE – In a work session on three bills designed to update the existing taxicab regulations and incorporate Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) into the county Councilmember Roger Berliner called TNCs like Uber and Lyft a “disruptive entrant” into the county’s taxi fleet.

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Taxi drivers, companies and union reps discuss cab regulations

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highway linesROCKVILLE – Emotions ran high on all sides in a public hearing on a trio of proposed bills to update taxicab regulations and incorporate companies like UberX and Lyft into the fold.

The County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) committee held the hearing Tuesday night.

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