Travelers arriving and departing from Raleigh-Durham International Airport this week might have noticed a change to their transportation options.
On Tuesday, the airport began designating a staging area for Uber drivers, much like the one that already existed for taxi cabs, that allows Uber drivers to wait for fares and serve passengers on a first-come, first-serve basis.
RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said the new access is a part of a tentative agreement being negotiated between the airport and the San Francisco-based ride-sharing service. The final agreement is set to be voted on by the RDU board of directors on Dec. 17.
Before the new staging area went into effect, Uber drivers needed a permit to drive to and from the airport. About 60 Uber drivers had permits. Under the upcoming agreement, permits will no longer be needed.
“The process will be a little different,” Hamlin said. “The agreement will be with Uber and not with the individual drivers.”
Arathi Mehrotra, general manager of Uber North Carolina, said in an email that the company looks forward to completing the agreement.
“We appreciate the RDU Airport Authority for working with us to develop a long-term solution to serving RDU airport, and look forward to finalizing the agreement in the coming weeks so that residents and visitors will have permanent access to safe, reliable transportation,” she said.
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