- February 10, 2016

The Uber Vs Austin Fight Is Actually 100 Years Old And You Just Didn’t Know It


The Austin City Council is poised to decide the future of ride-hailers Uber and Lyft Thursday in a vote that would either adopt a council-penned initiative or put the issue to referendum.

But the council has had this fight before – 100 years ago.

In 1915, the city decided to crackdown on jitneys — unregulated service vehicles that were able to offer cheaper fares than streetcars — because some considered them a public safety liability. The council supported a regulation that would both limit the new system of proto-taxicabs and level the playing field for the city’s already-functioning transportation infrastructure.…