Uber pickup now available at Regina airport

Currently, Capital Cabs is the only taxi company that has a dedicated license allowing it to park at the airport’s front curb for pickups.The airport got rid of commercial licensing fees that cost cab companies $600 a year. Now, cabs or Uber drivers pay $2 per trip when picking up fares at the airport.Unlike some cities, Uber and cab companies operating in Regina do not currently offer flat rates to customers for trips to and from the airport.The Uber news comes as part of a larger project the airport has undertaken to improve ground transportation.This fall, the short-term parking lot will be switching to a gate-less system. Customers will walk up to a parking meter and enter their license plate when paying for parking.In an effort to encourage the City of Regina to consider public transportation to the terminal, the airport has offered to provide $100,000 annually for three years for such a service.In a City of Regina report in June, the administration presented two possible options: A standalone bus route between the downtown and the Regina airport; or expansion of a current route. Both come with pros and cons, including financial implications. The report, which came before a committee meeting, was simply filed at this point since transit service changes would require city council approval as part of its budgeting process.mmelnychuk@postmedia.com BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post Taxi cabs sit in a line, waiting for fares, at the Regina International Airport. Uber customers are now able to arrange a pickup when they get off their plane at the Regina International Airport.The airport has created a commercial vehicle pickup area in its short-term parking zone across the street from the main terminal that can be used by rideshare services or cab companies. The airport created the area to relieve traffic congestion on its main front curb and to create a more structured system.“We can’t just have everybody use the front curb for everything, otherwise there’s simply not enough room and we want to make sure we keep vehicles flowing,” said James Bogusz, the airport’s president and CEO, in an interview Monday.After Uber launched in the city in May, its drivers could do dropoffs at the airport but not pickups prior to this change. Bogusz said the pickup area is not meant to be a bullpen where drivers can wait for fares. It is strictly meant to be a place where drivers stop to pick up their customers.Cabs will also be able to use the area, and Bogusz said the airport is currently working with cab companies about using the new location.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. read more

By the numbers A look at rental statistics in Toronto and Vancouver

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2015 5:02 am MDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 7:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email By the numbers: A look at rental statistics in Toronto and Vancouver TORONTO – After stagnating for two decades, construction of rental buildings is on the rise in the red-hot real estate markets of Toronto and Vancouver. Some figures on the emerging trend:In the pipeline: There are currently eight apartment buildings, containing a total of 2,458 rental units, under construction in the Toronto area. Another 37 buildings containing 9,207 units have been proposed. That’s a nearly 75 per cent increase over the 6,723 rental units that have been built in the Greater Toronto Area since 2005.Big ambitions: The City of Vancouver aims to have 5,000 new rental units built by 2021.Tight rental markets: The vacancy rate in Toronto remained stable at 1.6 per cent from the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2014, according to CMHC. In Vancouver, the vacancy rate declined from 1.7 per cent to one per cent during the same period.Soaring rents: The average monthly rent for a bachelor apartment in Toronto grew nearly three per cent to $896 between the fall of 2013 and the fall of 2014. The average cost of a two-bedroom also climbed roughly three per cent during the period, to $1,251. The average cost of a bachelor apartment in Vancouver also saw a three per cent jump during the period to $876, while two bedroom rentals climbed more than two per cent to $1,311.Home prices soar: In the Greater Toronto Area, the average selling price for all home types climbed to $649,599 in May, up 11 per cent from a year ago. Greater Vancouver saw a 9.4 increase to $684,400.—Data compiled from Urbanation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the City of Vancouver, the Toronto Real Estate Board and the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. read more