- January 21, 2016

Austin’s Ridesharing Battle Is Approaching A Flashpoint


Although there are plenty of moving parts, it appears the simmering dispute between City Council and the transportation network companies is about to come to a boil. Council is scheduled to consider the still-developing “incentives” governing TNC driver background checks next week (Jan. 28); the companies (TNCs Uber and Lyft, TechNet, and their supporters in the Ridesharing Works for Austin campaign) have submitted their petitions (with ample signatures); and Mayor Steve Adler is attempting to wrangle a compromise – he prefers “solution” – that would somehow split the baby between the Council’s adoption of fingerprinting as integral to those…