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Local Leaders Ask For Compromise On Ride-share Regulations

Ryan Loyd
TPR News

The wagons are circling to convince the San Antonio city council to work with ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber.   

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff met with the mayor this week and sent her a follow-up letter supporting a compromise in the ordinance scheduled to go into effect March 1.   

"I was encouraging her to try to reach a compromise so that people in Bexar County would have a choice of using either Uber or Lyft as well as a cab company. She said she was open to compromise. She wanted to know a little more about exactly what they wanted, so I relayed that message to Henry Carr and he said he would look over the ordinance and get back to us," Wolff said.  

Council member Alan Warrick, who was elected after the council's vote on the ordinance, said San Antonio's transportation options are limited.  

"Buses don't run after midnight downtown. So if you're working in one of the restaurants or night clubs downtown, which a lot of District 1,2,3,4,5 residents are, they need as many options and cost-effective options as possible. I think Uber and Lyft and other Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) offer those options," he said.  

Wolff said he supports tech-based transportation to help reduce DWI accidents, as a tool to attract millennials to the Alamo City, and to provide alternatives in unincorporated areas that are affected by the ordinance. 

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.