Closed-door meeting set for Friday between Uber, airport officials on proposed new rules

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MILWAUKEE — An Uber spokeswoman tells FOX6 News a closed-door meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 10th involving Uber officials and those with General Mitchell International Airport.

This, as a 90-day pilot program period involving Uber and Lyft services at the airport is set to expire on June 15th.

The Uber spokeswoman tells FOX6 News at this point, there is no deal in place between the airport and Uber beyond the 15th of June.

According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, airport officials have presented new rules that Uber and Lyft will have to follow to pick up passengers from the airport to the Milwaukee County Board.

The proposed new rules call for fees of $3 for each pick-up, and $125 per pick-up vehicle per year. The airport will install an electronic monitoring system that will track all vehicles used by Lyft and Uber each year and charge the companies accordingly, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.

A spokeswoman for Milwaukee County said this in a statement to the Business Journal:

“The airport has met with the (ride-booking) operators and they haven’t expressed any concerns. At the county, we want to have more options for people to get to and from the airport, but we want to do that in a fair way.”

These proposed new rules will be discussed during Friday’s closed-door meeting — and changes could be made.

Before implementing the pilot program, services like Uber and Lyft were unregulated at the airport, prompting complaints from taxi companies that the fees to operate at the airport were not being applied equally.

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