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Taxis & Ride-Sharing Apps Jockey for Position on Houston Streets

Recently, a pair of Houston City Council committees began hearings on the possible entrance of Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing services that use apps to attract customers, into the city of Houston. Council chambers were packed, mainly with supporters of established taxi and limousine companies. Council members heard a comprehensive study by Administration and Regulatory […]

Recently, a pair of Houston City Council committees began hearings on the possible entrance of Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing services that use apps to attract customers, into the city of Houston. Council chambers were packed, mainly with supporters of established taxi and limousine companies.

Council members heard a comprehensive study by Administration and Regulatory Affairs on proposed changes to ordinances related to vehicles for hire. There was a lot of tension in the room and a lot of confusion as to what these new services were and what they were offering.

We learn more about Uber and Lyft, and concerns raised about their arrival in the Houston market. We hear from Houston Public Media transportation reporter Gail DeLaughter.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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