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Airport uses GPS to track ride-sharing services

 

By Dave Brooksher, Bay City News Service

San Francisco International Airport, in collaboration with the American Association of Airport Executives, has announced the development and licensing of a GPS based system to accommodate traffic from ride-sharing services such as Lyft or Uber.

"When an airport is integrating a new form of ground transportation, the big questions are how to collect fees and how much activity is involved so we can plan our space," SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.

"It's a lot of work to create physical infrastructure to track all these vehicles, so we're taking advantage of apps with GPS to solve a couple of those tabulation challenges," Yakel said.

There are already systems in place to gather fees and monitor traffic from limousines, taxis and other common forms of ground-transportation, but the system is not set up to accommodate ride-sharing services. When a ride-sharing vehicle enters the airport's GPS "geo-fence," that activity will be tracked, according to Yakel.

"It essentially self-reports in real time rather than relying on the company to gather that information and submit it," Yakel said.

The information gathered will allow SFO and other airports that use this system to find out how much ride-sharing activity is occurring, what times of day that activity is occurring, and where the vehicles involved tend to go. That will allow airports to allocate their resources accordingly, Yakel said.

A license and service agreement for the system was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on March 10. Yakel said that implementation is already underway, and the technology is "essentially ready to go."

If the new system works, it could be adopted by other airports around the country. When that happens, the airport executives group will keep 5 percent of the fees collected, and 25 percent of that 5 percent will go to SFO. Together, they hope to generate a projected $350,000 in revenue in the first two years, according to Yakel.

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Posted by MVHS issue
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm

"When that happens, the airport executives group will keep 5 percent of the fees collected, and 25 percent of that 5 percent will go to SFO. Together, they hope to generate a projected $350,000 in revenue in the first two years."

ug, where does the 95% of the fees collected go???

FYI: revenue = taxes


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Posted by yup
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2015 at 9:20 pm

The drivers and the ride service = 95%


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Posted by Peter
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Mar 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm

The cost will simply be passed on to the passengers, so it's yet another airport tax. Can a toll for all cars entering the airport be far behind?


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Posted by Pirate Cab to the mat
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Mar 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Shouldn't the airport charge a fee to cab and ride services for the costs incurred in regulating those services?

Do you really want a cab/ride-service/pirate-cab/limo free-for-all at SFO? No restrictions on who drops/picks up/sits and waits? No regulation on fares, quality, insurance, etc..? Peak time pricing from all services (ie.. no regulated rate - see what Uber did overseas during a terrorism incident.)

I don't.


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