St. Louis city leaders greenlight $3 fees for Uber and Lyft to operate at Lambert

St. Louis’ top fiscal body has approved $3 pickup and drop-off fees for companies like Uber and Lyft to operate at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

The plan has already been endorsed by the city’s Airport Commission. With yes votes from Mayor Lyda Krewson, Comptroller Darlene Green and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, airport officials hope ride-hailing companies can begin legally operating under the new fees by the end of the month.

Lyft has agreed to the proposed permit, but Uber’s stance remains unclear. An Uber spokesman said Wednesday that the company is still reviewing the agreement, but hopes “to soon serve both residents and visitors at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

The $3 fee would apply to every Lambert trip, no matter how many passengers are in the vehicle, and app-based transportation companies would also have to pay a $15,000 fee to Lambert every two years.

Critics of the plan have said that fee structure is unfair and could harm taxi firms in the city, which must pay a $4 fee for every airport pickup.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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