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Jan. 10, 2014 9:15 am

Uber cutting Baltimore prices by 6 percent

Minimum fares will go down from $5 to $4.60, but the price cuts, according to the company's blog, affect only uberX, the component of Uber's service that uses everyday drivers to pick up and drop off customers.

UberX launched in Baltimore in October 2013 with "rider zero" Tyrod Taylor of the Baltimore Ravens.

Ridesharing service Uber, which has been operating in Baltimore city for nearly a year, is cutting its prices by 6 percent in Baltimore.

Minimum fares will go down from $5 to $4.60, but the price cuts, according to the company’s blog, affect only uberX, the component of Uber’s service that uses everyday drivers (not licensed by the Maryland Public Service Commission) to pick up and drop off customers for remuneration. UberX launched in Baltimore in October 2013.

As the Baltimore Sun reports, the price-cutting move by Uber is in response to anger by customers over the “surge pricing” (some would say price gouging) Uber sometimes employs during times of the year when cars are in higher demand. (Such was the case on New Year’s Eve, for instance.)

To the Public Service Commission (PSC), it seems, it’s still an open question as to whether Uber and its ridehsaring competition, Lyft, are operating legally in Baltimore city. As Technical.ly Baltimore has reported, the PSC has asked each service to respond to its detractors at Yellow Cab and skeptics inside the PSC.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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