Airport near Kennewick makes ride sharing easier for travelers

January 13, 2018 by  

The Tri-Cities area, which includes Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, has had an agreement with Uber and other ride-sharing companies since late 2016. A new agreement has allowed the services to expand while also providing a public benefit.

The Tri-Cities Airport recently introduced a curbside area just for Uber, Lyft and similar companies. Each time a car picks up or drops off a passenger in the area, the Port of Pasco receives $1.50.

Initially, Uber was only able to drop passengers off in Pasco, where the airport is located. Its could not pick people up in the city, because of a disagreement between the company and local authorities. Pasco had wanted to require fingerprint checks for all drivers, but Uber balked at the suggestion.

Pasco recently dropped the fingerprint requirement, allowing Uber to get a business license ad begin dropping off and picking up passengers in the city.

Cities that are designating specific areas for ride sharing services and their drivers can use printing services to create signs and notices.

The Tri-Cities Airport is not sure what to expect from the change in the rules concerning Uber and similar services. During the first nine months of 2017, drivers dropped off more than 1,500 passengers.

Drivers are only allowed to hang out in the drop-off and pick-up area when they are in the process of dropping off or collecting passengers. If a driver wants to hang around the airport without a passenger, he or she will need to park in the short-term lot.