Lincoln sets up pickup/drop-off zones for ride-sharing cars

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln officials have carved out areas near downtown taverns where ride-sharing drivers can pick up or drop off customers.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that police worked with ride-sharing companies and city transportation and parking officials to set aside about 25 stalls along O Street.

Uber and Lyft drivers have said previously defined temporary loading and taxi zones on O Street weren't sufficient to meet the demand for ride-sharing services.

Police officers assigned to the downtown area estimated that as many as 100 cars stop in traffic lanes on weekends to pick up passengers, especially when the bars close for the night. Police say that increased the likelihood of rear-end crashes and side-swipe collisions from drivers making quick lane changes to avoid stopped vehicles.