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May 22, 2015

Uber eyes coastal Maine expansion

Uber, the San Francisco-based ridesharing service, is beginning operations in Bar Harbor, Old Orchard Beach, Ogunquit and Kennebunk on Friday evening for a summertime test.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the company did not reach out to any of the municipalities before announcing its beach town expansion Thursday. Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight told the newspaper he suspects Uber would have to obtain a license before beginning operations.

Uber, which operates in over 300 cities worldwide, began serving Portland last fall, prompting local officials to draft new regulations for the controversial taxi competitor. The company, which is also the subject of new legislation before Maine lawmakers, has faced scrutiny across the globe, including some places where it has been banned.

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