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City of Atlanta plans to legalize, regulate Uber pickups at airport

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The city of Atlanta plans to legalize pickups at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport by Uber X and Lyft and set up a ride-share assembly area, while nixing an earlier airport proposal to require fingerprint-based background checks.

The proposal this week from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration would allow ride-share services including Uber X and Lyft to use private background checks as an alternative to fingerprint checks.

The city would also charge a per-ride fee of $1.50.


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With plans for a ride-share assembly area, the city would not allow drivers to wait in the airport cell phone lot.

The proposal is set to be considered by the Atlanta City Council transportation committee on Wednesday.

Other details in the proposal include a requirement by transportation companies to display an airport decal, and putting a limit on the age of cabs and ride-share vehicles that pick up at the airport.

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