I'm not quite sure where I come down on all this yet. But if you're pro-Lyft (and its ride-share competitor, Uber), signing a recently drafted online petition asking Mayor Sly James and the City Council to allow Lyft to operate here might make a modicum of difference in how this whole thing plays out. From the petition:
Despite public transit and other existing transportation services, people in Kansas City still lack sufficient options for safe, friendly, affordable rides. In recent years, our city leaders have shown great support in technology infrastructure, growth and expansion to improve mobility for residents and move Kansas City forward.
In cities across the country with which we compete to attract talent and industries, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, and more, ridesharing apps like Lyft offer safe rides to millions of passengers by connecting background-checked local drivers with people seeking rides through trusted networks. Kansas City deserves the same.
Sign it here.