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McPier Sues Uber and Lyft

Crains 19 March 2016 No Comment

The agency that runs McCormick Place today sued Uber and Lyft over a tax the convention center center owner says it is owed from the ride-booking services for rides departing from Chicago airports.

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (McPier) alleges that the companies have failed to collect and remit a $4 fee for every pickup made at O’Hare and Midway airports since December.

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The TNPs, however, have balked at paying the tax. They point to an ordinance the city passed in November requiring a $5 fee for every pick-up and drop-off at Chicago’s airports as a way to level the playing field with taxi drivers.

But unlike the $4 taxi fee, which the city collects and passes along to McPier, the city pockets the $5 TNP fee. In fact, City Hall expects to pull in roughly $30 million in new revenue from the fee in 2016.

Read more in Crain’s

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