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Sidecar Is First Ride-Sharing App to Get Permit From SFO

San Francisco may be the home base of ride-sharing, but one place where transportation app drivers haven’t been allowed to operate is at the local airport. San Francisco International Airport has inconsistently policed alternatives to taxis — sometimes letting them slide by, other times creating funny situations like an Uber driver hugging his passenger goodbye to convince airport authorities they’re family. That changed today, with Sidecar announcing it has secured a permit from SFO to be the first ride-sharing company to operate at the airport. Uber and Lyft, meanwhile, are still in discussions. Sidecar said it would pay a monthly fee to SFO based on activity and that it would pass along an airport fee of $4 to riders.

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