Thursday, April 2, 2015

Uber Asks San Antonio To Elect Ride-Share Friendly Mayor

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 12:40 PM

  • Leticia Van de Putte campaign

The ride-share company Uber says it hasn't given up on San Antonio yet.

In a blog post, the company is appealing to Alamo City voters to elect a mayor who will reverse course on the city's current rules that regulate transportation network companies.

Uber did not endorse a candidate in the blog post, but urged people to vote.

"Make no mistake, we are not giving up on San Antonio, and will work hard to bring Uber back. On May 9, you will have a chance to cast your ballot in the upcoming city election. This is your opportunity to make a difference," Uber spokeswoman Debbee Hancock wrote. 

So far, Mike Villarreal is the only candidate to affirmatively say he will try to bring Uber and Lyft back.

He has said so at a series of mayoral forums where the topic has repeatedly come up. 

Leticia Van de Putte has said the way San Antonio handled Uber and Lyft was embarrassing and that the city needs to embrace new technology.

Both candidates called on the city to slow down last December when City Council approved the current ordinance regulating the companies.

Tommy Adkisson says he supports new technology, but that's really it.

Mayor Ivy Taylor has defended the regulations, saying Uber and Lyft need to play by the rules.

Meanwhile, Windcrest approved an interim-operating agreement allowing Uber to operate and several smaller cities within San Antonio are considering similar measures.

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