Newark, Uber agree to deal with $3M up-front payment

New Jersey’s largest city and Uber announced a deal in which the company will pay the city $3 million up front as part of a 10-year $10 million agreement.

Democratic Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Uber New Jersey general manager Ana Mahony announced the agreement on Wednesday, following up on a tentative deal two weeks ago.

The deal says Uber drivers cannot wait in designated taxi areas for riders. Uber must also provide $1.5 million of commercial liability insurance and conduct driver background checks.

Baraka announced a tentative deal two weeks ago that included a fee for operating at Newark Liberty International Airport. But the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, raised concerns about the city’s proposal.

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