The issue likely won’t get onto the transportation committee’s agenda until early next year, but in the meantime, Councilmembers Phillip Kingston, Adam Medrano, Jennifer Staubach Gates and Scott Griggs have scheduled a town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Arlington Hall at Lee Park to discuss transportation and transparency as it relates to the Uber debate at City Hall.
Back in August the anti-Uber ordinance sneakily made its way onto the city council’s consent agenda at the last minute, before it was removed.
According to the Dallas Morning News, interim City Manager A.C. Gonzales, at Yellow Cab’s demand, reportedly tried to slip in a proposal that would make it much harder for services like Uber to operate — services that have been welcomed and successful in other major cities. Cab and limo companies here, however, argue that because a technology company like Uber is not subject to the same taxes and fees, that it could put traditional services out of business. The city council aims to reach a balance that can work for both sides.
Uber allows riders to call one of its signature cabs or SUVs using a smartphone. They also can pay (and split fares) with their smartphone, so it’s cashless. Similar services include Lyft and UberX. Rumors are circulating that even more of these companies are eying Dallas.