Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Here's the petition asking the mayor and City Council to allow ride-sharing companies like Lyft to do business in KC

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Can Lyft last?
  • Can Lyft last?
Lyft launched here in Kansas City last week, and shit has been hella dramatic ever since. The local taxi lobby, led by Bill George, is not pleased about a ride-sharing service coming to town and not having to pay the same fees as taxis do. The city's Regulated Industries Division sent Lyft a letter informing the company it is operating illegally. And KCPD has been instructed to issue citations to Lyft drivers, who are particularly visible given the bright-pink mustache its drivers stick onto the front of their cars.

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.


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