Today is the day local leaders hoped to have an ‘Uber summit,’ to break the stalemate that, some say, is making St. Louis a national embarrassment.
With warring proposals flying until the last second, Metropolitan Taxicab Commissioners didn’t vote Wednesday on rules for ride-share services like UberX. The meeting began with a bang but ended with a whimper.
The embattled Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, sensing that there may be crowds for their vote involving UberX, is moving its Wednesday meeting to the theater at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.
“300! There are 300 cities who have been through this,” one leader said on KMOX’s Charlie & Debbie program.
Uber says it is partnering with the NAACP and the ‘Ferguson 1000′ organization to recruit UberX drivers.
It’s been 21 days since KMOX submitted a Sunshine Law request for messages relating to the contentious Uber debate.
“What does Uber think about all of this?” KMOX reporter asks. “I haven’t talked to them,” MTC chair responds.
Slay says he has looked at Uber’s own background checks, and thinks they’re sufficient.
Uber representatives delivered nine boxes to the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission. One box had letters in support of the ride service. The other had bottles of water.
Ride service UberX is still banned from picking up passengers in St. Louis, but there’s nothing preventing it from picking up letters.