Mayor Gimenez: Uber, Lyft will be legal in Miami-Dade by end of year

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Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft will be legal in Miami-Dade County by the end of the year, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Monday, while “a substantial part” of the taxi industry will be deregulated.

“Demand is too great” for the ride-sharing companies, Gimenez said. “You’re not going to put that genie back in the bottle…. I’m not going to drag Uber and Lyft back into the 20th century. I think the taxi industry has to move into the 21st.”

Gimenez made his remarks following a press conference where the New York-based company ZabCab unveiled a new app that will allow customers to summon regular taxis with a single tap on their smart phones, one of the popular features of the ride-sharing companies.

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