The San Antonio City Council approved a nine-month pilot program that will allow rideshare company Lyft to operate within San Antonio in a 6-5 vote Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.
In January 2015, Group 42 CEO and President Paul A. Bell lent his support of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber doing business in San Antonio, citing that not allowing them to operate would make the city "less attractive to potential new businesses, visiting trade organizations, tourists and entrepreneurs who have grown accustomed to having ridesharing options available everywhere."
Public safety has been an issue central to the debate, with opposition claiming that any measures short of rideshare drivers submitting to a 10-fingerprint background check is unacceptable. Proponents of rideshare in San Antonio suggest TNCs such as Lyft and Uber offer citizens an easy and accessible alternative to drunk driving, thereby making roads safer for the public.
Bell pushed even further in his comments earlier this year stating, "City leaders in Dallas and Austin — indeed around the world — have found ways to support their economies and bring modern amenities to their citizenry" by way of rideshare operators. With this development, San Antonio joins the ranks of these forward-thinking cities.