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The City of Cincinnati is now designating nine locations as "rideshare zones" for drop-off and pickup. These locations in the Central Business District, Over-the-Rhine and at The Banks are intended to improve safety and mobility downtown for passengers using Uber, Lyft and taxis. Passengers are still permitted to drop-off and pick up as they have previously in areas outside the designated rideshare zones.

Uber economic and demand modeling

You could ride in a flying car as early as 2023 as long as you have the nerve and the money. Uber appears to be leading the pack of about a dozen developers. Research is also happening in Greater Cincinnati. UC students are designing their own model and hope to win $1 million in a competition.

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A ride-hailing company is looking to expand its presence in the area. Uber is launching a partnership with local transit boards to study ways to improve transportation options.


Ohio Department of Transportation

Ohio has its foot on the gas accelerating an effort to grow its self-driving vehicle industry. After success last fall, The Ohio Turnpike and OTTO are planning more tests this spring and summer for self-driving tractor trailers across Ohio's northern corridor.

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Metro and a ride-hailing company have announced a partnership they say will make getting around easier.  The transit company is encouraging its riders to use the app-based Uber. 

Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on rules and regulations for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.  

A committee approved the ordinance Tuesday after a lengthy debate.  

A council aide said the measure will allow the city to provide a 21st century public transportation service.  

“Over Lyft should stay in Cincinnati because it is a safe, efficient way to move around the city,” said Christy Mitchell who drives for Lyft.  “It builds community and is a positive influence in our area.”

Some Cincinnati council members are still debating proposed city regulations for ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.  

The Major Transportation committee Tuesday delayed a vote on such an ordinance.  

Vice Mayor David Mann said he has concerns with pages-long terms and conditions for each service.  He does not like limits on negligence liability and waiving the right to a jury trial to settle any claims.

Some Cincinnati taxi drivers are not happy about ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft that are now operating in the city.  

They protested in front of city hall Wednesday and some of them addressed Council about their concerns.

“You have minuscule laws on the books that we have to comply with or we can’t make a living,” said cab drive Rich Robinson.  “And you’ve got these guys running around, who not only don’t have to follow those little, teenie, weenie laws, but all the laws you have in that book.”