Taxi! City mulls transportation options

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council is considering a series of resolutions that open the conversation about ground transportation in Austin.

One item would instruct the city manager to draw up an ordinance for a, “… pilot program for Transportation Networking Companies to operate during peak times, subject to licensure and safety requirements for drivers and vehicles.”.

Another item would explore the use of “peak taxi permits” and increasing the efficiency of existing cab permits.

A third resolution in front of council aims to update the city’s transportation website to “include late night options for parking, bus and rail, non-profit ride services, taxis, and other services and to work with the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau on ways to get this information out to Austin visitors.”

Council member Chris Riley is the sponsor of the three items on the city’s May 15 agenda. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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