A plan outlining rules for ride-hailing companies at St. Louis Lambert International Airport has been delayed amid negotiations with industry leaders Uber and Lyft on the fees their drivers should pay.
A proposed $6-a-trip pickup fee was removed from the agenda for Wednesday’s Airport Commission meeting because of the behind-the-scenes talks between the two companies and Mayor Lyda Krewson and her top legal adviser, city officials said.
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said Uber and Lyft both objected to the size of the fee, which would be $2 a trip more than taxi drivers pay at Lambert.
Krewson’s spokesman, Koran Addo, confirmed that negotiations were underway. Addo said the fees are “the main hang-up right now.” Addo said a passenger drop-off fee, which wasn’t in the original proposal, also was under discussion.
It was the second straight month the airport panel failed to act on the issue.
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