After a top tech CEO said it’s “embarrassing” that St. Louis still bans smartphone-based ride services like Uber and Lyft, KMOX is asking city and county leaders about the issue.
Not one, but two St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commissioners are on the case
“This is the equivalent of someone saying ‘we’re a high-tech area,’ and yet we block access to the Internet,” LockerDome founder Gabe Lozano says.
Taxies are still your only choice in St. Louis, which is now the largest city in the country without any ride-sharing services, and Uber and Lyft are all the rage across the country.
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Uber, the highly anticipated, app-based ride service, got most — but not all — of what it wanted from the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can just use the Uber app as if you were ordering a ride in another city, and you’ll get ice cream instead.
Lyft cannot operate until a hearing Aug. 25 to determine whether to impose a permanent ban.
District Judge Brian Wimes on Wednesday denied the city’s request for a temporary restraining order against the San Francisco-based company.
Taxicab Commission director Ron Klein admits that ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber are very popular in other cities.