Taxis http://wfae.org en Airport Extends...And Cancels Controversial Taxi Contract http://wfae.org/post/airport-extendsand-cancels-controversial-taxi-contract <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amid an FBI investigation, a city ordered review and claims that corruption was at the heart of the original process, the Charlotte airport is re-opening its controversial taxi contract.</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 13:35:20 +0000 Tom Bullock 51793 at http://wfae.org Airport Extends...And Cancels Controversial Taxi Contract Airport Taxi Contract On FBI’s Radar http://wfae.org/post/airport-taxi-contract-fbi-s-radar <p></p><p>The FBI has expanded its investigation of corruption in Charlotte. Agents are now looking into allegations of a pay-to-play scheme involving Taxi companies and the airport.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:13:58 +0000 Tom Bullock & Marshall Terry 51559 at http://wfae.org Airport Taxi Contract On FBI’s Radar Amid Allegations, Airport Extends Review Of Taxi Contract http://wfae.org/post/amid-allegations-airport-extends-review-taxi-contract <p>The head of Charlotte Douglas International Airport says he will take an extra 30 days to decide the fate of the airport’s taxi contract.&nbsp; That contract is up for renewal. But allegations of corruption has led Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle to look at what legal options he has in seeking a new deal. He made the announcement last night, while airport staff briefed the city council on the process that lead to the contract in the first place.&nbsp; It was a briefing with some holes.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 06:12:35 +0000 Tom Bullock 50800 at http://wfae.org Amid Allegations, Airport Extends Review Of Taxi Contract WFAE Talks Airport Taxi Contracts and Pay-To-Play Allegations http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-airport-taxi-contracts-and-pay-play-allegations <p>WFAE <em>Money &amp; Influence</em> reporter Tom Bullock joins Greg and Lisa this week to discuss his <a href="http://wfae.org/post/now-maybe-theyll-listen-accusations-pay-play-scheme">investigation</a> of what some taxi company owners say was a bribery scheme in awarding lucrative airport contracts.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:23:41 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Tom Bullock 50185 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks Airport Taxi Contracts and Pay-To-Play Allegations Yes, Taxi Contract Under Review, But... http://wfae.org/post/yes-taxi-contract-under-review <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials at Charlotte Douglas International are examining if they should continue to allow just three taxi companies sole rights to pick up passengers at the airport. This after renewed charges a pay-to-play scheme determined those slots. But the airport may have no choice but to extend the controversial contract.</span></p><div> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:28:02 +0000 Tom Bullock 50032 at http://wfae.org Yes, Taxi Contract Under Review, But... Council Asks Carlee To Review Airport Taxi Deal http://wfae.org/post/council-asks-carlee-review-airport-taxi-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monday we brought you the story of an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Charlotte Douglas International Airport and taxi companies.&nbsp; In 2011 the City Council slashed the number of companies that could pick-up at the airport from 12 to 3. The allegations were that only companies that paid $5,000 to join The Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, or </span>HTA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, were given the coveted slots. Those who did not were cut out of the most lucrative market in the city for cabs.</span></p><p>In our earlier report, Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan said, "We feel like you shouldn’t have to pay to play. That’s exactly what took place at the airport."</p><p>Last night, Khan addressed the Charlotte City Council about another side of the controversy.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:23:47 +0000 Tom Bullock 49918 at http://wfae.org Council Asks Carlee To Review Airport Taxi Deal 'Now, Maybe They'll Listen.' Accusations Of Pay-To-Play Scheme http://wfae.org/post/now-maybe-theyll-listen-accusations-pay-play-scheme <p>There’s a phrase that now hovers over the Charlotte city government:</p><p>Pay-to-play. An arrangement where political influence is for sale. Mohamed Moustafa says he was offered the chance at pay-to-play.</p><p>"The way they did this process was 100 percent pay to play scheme."</p><p>What’s interesting about his quote is it’s from July of 2011 - 2.5 years before Patrick Cannon was arrested and resigned. That was Moustafa then. This is him now:</p><p>"What I said then in 2011, it is proved itself now in 2014. It is proved."</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:04:52 +0000 Tom Bullock 49709 at http://wfae.org 'Now, Maybe They'll Listen.' Accusations Of Pay-To-Play Scheme Ride-Sharing App Lyft Expands Service Area To Include Airport Pickups http://wfae.org/post/ride-sharing-app-lyft-expands-service-area-include-airport-pickups <p>You may be seeing more cars with those fuzzy pink mustaches attached to their grilles in the coming weeks. The app-based ride sharing service Lyft&nbsp;has expanded its coverage area in Charlotte to include most of the metro area, including Charlotte-Douglas airport. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports it’s the first major ride-sharing service to start picking up passengers at the airport.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:36:45 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 45325 at http://wfae.org Ride-Sharing App Lyft Expands Service Area To Include Airport Pickups Ride Apps Stymie City Council http://wfae.org/post/ride-apps-stymie-city-council <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Charlotte City Council is wary of a spate of new tech companies in town that let people hail a lift from a driver who has not gone through the city&#39;s inspection and permit process for cabs and limos.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Companies including </span>Uber<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have drivers who use their private vehicles and appear to fall under a new state law that exempts &quot;digital dispatching services&quot; from city regulation.</span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:32:08 +0000 Julie Rose 36825 at http://wfae.org Ride Apps Stymie City Council Smartphone Ride Services Like Lyft, UberX Steer Around Regulations http://wfae.org/post/smartphone-ride-services-lyft-uberx-steer-around-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two new ways to get around town have landed in Charlotte: they let you skirt traditional taxi and limo options and summon a ride through your smart phone.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The companies themselves</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are skirting Charlotte ordinances that govern vehicles for hire, as they have in most cities where they operate. But in North Carolina, they first slipped a new law through the state legislature that means Charlotte may not have any authority to regulate them.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:41:07 +0000 Julie Rose 35687 at http://wfae.org Smartphone Ride Services Like Lyft, UberX Steer Around Regulations