ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The days of hailing a cab on the streets of St. Louis could be coming to an end.

After battling ride-hail apps like Uber and Lyft over driver licensing and ticketing, the St. Louis Taxicab Commission is fighting fire with fire by creating its own smartphone app.

One of the biggest complaints the Taxi Commission receives is about wait time and accessibility. To fix this, Commission Director Ron Klein says he wants the taxi app to have a lot of the same technology and features as Uber’s, like calling a cab and tracking it on your screen.

“People are getting more and more used to the Uber-type app experience out there where they want to summon a taxi cab or a ride by using their smartphone app,” he says.

But the proposed app has a long ways to go. Klein says the Commission still must decide whether to hire someone to build the app from scratch or whether to sign on to one of the taxi hailing apps that other cities already use. The cost remains unknown for now.

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