It’s very difficult to understand the City Council’s leadership on regulating taxis and on-demand car services such as Uber and Lyft.
City Council action on the war between taxis and their car-service competition goes on, with a meeting about city regulations penciled in for mid-September as one member may want to undo votes from mid-August.
Plans for the Lechmere station are as up in the air as the rest of the green line extension, despite its unique status in the project – it’s an existing station that will be moved, rather than one that is to be built and added to the MBTA system.
Three City Council candidates ruffled feathers at the body’s sole meeting of the summer, two accusing the city of enforcing laws selectively and another pointing out a lesser double standard: who gets to eat and drink in historic City Hall chambers.
The East Cambridge Planning Team has thoughts for consideration when new zoning is under discussion, including some on traffic, homeownership and family-friendly buildings, as well as on utilities, stormwater and sewage.
Taxi drivers desperate to fend off the threat of competing car services such as Uber and Lyft got action of a sort Monday from the City Council, including the remote possibility that their entire industry would be deregulated in Cambridge.
The city has opened a multi-use path at Flagstaff Park, next to and part of Cambridge Common on the Massachusetts Avenue side, that creates a protected, two-way bicycle and pedestrian connection along Massachusetts Avenue near Harvard Square.
The city has added two hours of metered parking between Harvard and Porter squares to aid turnover for businesses – but with potential to affect residents also – in a move telegraphed by similar steps in Kendall, Central and Harvard Squares.
Many taxi medallion owners have spent more than $500,000 on them and could lose everything if their value plummets. The city not only has an ethical obligation to find a solution, but must operate within the system it created until it finds a solution.
Officials at the Arthur J. Santoro Cambridge Taxi School say they “believe that every driver – regardless of their business – picking up passengers within our city limits should be held to the same high standards that we currently hold our licensed taxi drivers to.”