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UberX Joins UberBLACK at San Jose Airport

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    The logo of Uber car service app is seen on a smart phone during a protest by Brussels taxi drivers against the taxi-app Uber, on September 13, 2015, in Brussels.

    Until now, only UberBLACK, the high-end ride service, was permitted to operate at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport.

    But starting at noon Friday, UberX will be allowed as well. That's the service in which the drivers pick up averages Joes.

    It should be noted that some riders claim that UberX drivers have been picking up and dropping off at SJC for quite some time, although Uber representatives deny that claim and say that the service has been blacked out for travelers arriving at the airport.

    Earlier this month, cabbies went on a two-day strike refusing to pick up passengers due to what they said were unfair double standards for ride-sharing companies and traditional taxi services.

    Taxi drivers, the protesters said, were automatically at a competitive disadvantage. They cited more stringent regulations and higher fees for taxi drivers operating at SJC.

    In mid-November, San Jose leaders attempted to address those concerns by relaxing regulations on taxi drivers, to more closely match those imposed on ride-sharing services.

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