Upstart ride-for-hire services like UberX and Lyft are one step closer to becoming legal in Miami-Dade County.


Commissioners pass an ordinance on first reading to legitimize the two companies that have been operating without permits for the last several weeks.


UberX and Lyft have been operating illegally for several weeks.


A transportation committee has previously deadlocked on past proposals, but will now take up the legislation.


A showdown showdown between the services and the taxicab industry is anticipated as the proposal moves forward.





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