Published on September 21st, 2016 |


Council approves Uber, Lyft to pick-up passengers at airport beginning Jan. 1

Drivers with ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft will be able to pick up passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning Jan. 1, 2017 according to action approved by Atlanta City Council on Sept. 19.

The proposal was introduced in February, but airport officials began insisting Uber and Lyft drivers be fingerprinted and subjected to background checks in order to pick up passengers. Both companies objected to that stipulation.

The proposal that was approved by the city council by a 14-1 vote requires the companies to use privately provided background checks instead of fingerprints.

“We are pleased with the progress that has been made on this issue,” said Adrian Durbin, Lyft spokesman.

“The City Council passed an agreement for ride-sharing at Hartsfield-Jackson that is largely consistent with Georgia’s comprehensive law and ensures travelers will have the access to Uber they have come to expect,” said Luke Marklin, general manager of Uber Atlanta. “While there are some outstanding logistical concerns, we look forward to working with the airport on the details of implementation to ensure a smooth experience for both riders and driver-partners.”


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