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Thursday, July 30, 2015

State Rep. Larson Talks Ride-Share With SA, Uber

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:55 AM

click image There's more and more chatter about Uber coming back to San Antonio. - STATE REP. LYLE LARSON
  • State Rep. Lyle Larson
  • There's more and more chatter about Uber coming back to San Antonio.

Will the ride-share company Uber be back in San Antonio by the end of the summer?

State Rep. Lyle Larson posted to Facebook Wednesday that he met with representatives from Uber, the City of San Antonio, and with business and chamber groups to talk about bringing the company back.

Hosted a productive meeting today with representatives of Uber, City of San Antonio officials, and business and chamber groups. We had a great conversation about the sticking points in the City's ordinance that have kept transportation networking companies out of San Antonio. We look forward to continuing to assist the City and ride sharing companies in this process and hope to see Uber and Lyft operating in San Antonio again very soon!

Larson told Kens 5 that September was the deadline for negotiations and that he was optimistic Uber would be operating in San Antonio by October or November, though it already operates in numerous smaller Bexar County cities, along with being able to bring passengers into the Alamo City as long as the ride originates outside of its city limits.

Both Uber and Lyft pulled out of San Antonio over background check and fingerprinting requirements City Council included in its revised vehicle-for-hire ordinance.

Larson, along with two other lawmakers, filed a bill this year, which didn't become law, that would have regulated ride-share companies on the state level. Some sources think Uber left San Antonio in hopes the law would pass, circumventing local ordinance.

But calls to work with the ride-share companies have been ever present and were a factor in the mayoral election.

Shortly after beating former State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in a runoff election, Mayor Ivy Taylor traveled to San Francisco, where she met with Uber. In a post-election interview, Taylor told the San Antonio Current that she had already directed staff to start talking with Uber and Lyft again.

Last week, District 1 City Councilman Robert Treviño told the San Antonio Express-News that he's confident a new deal would remove the background fingerprint requirement and allow for ride-share drivers to opt in for the check in return for a certified green checkmark next to their name, but Uber's not on board with the idea.

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