Ben Johnson

Council committee approves new rules for ride-sharing services

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A City Council committee passed the state’s first regulatory framework for app-based ride services like UberX and Lyft on Tuesday, clearing the way for final city approval at the full Council meeting July 18.

Called Transportation Network Companies, or TNCs, the new tech companies allow anyone with a smart phone and a credit card to order a ride through an app on their phone. UberX and Lyft both started operating unregulated in Minneapolis this winter, and since then city staff has been rushing to put together rules to govern the new industry.

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