Council Member Chris Riley held a press conference on September 15, introducing a council resolution that would allow the city to enter into “agreements” with Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) even before the Council-approved stakeholder process has made recommendations.
The press conference was packed with organizations supporting the resolution as a way to embrace technological innovations, improve public safety by giving people a viable alternative to driving while intoxicated, and developing an Austin model that sets a high bar of TNC standards for other cities to follow.
Some like – even love – the services provided by Uber and Lyft, so they don’t mind that these companies are disrupting business as usual in Austin and other cities. This DailyTexan article is a good example of that sentiment.
City Council is currently scheduled to consider items 84 and 85 on the September 25th agenda.