With a vote on proposed regulations for transportation network companies looming, and Uber and Lyft's staunch opposition to the rules, mayoral candidate Mike Villarreal said innovation, technology and job creation is the definition of San Antonio. And while the majority of City Council seemingly supports the proposed rules, Villarreal hinted that he thinks they might not exactly foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
"Other cities have figured out a way to allow for Uber and Lyft while protecting the safety of its citizens. Ride-share companies help all of us. They provide alternative transportation, drive down costs and also reduce drunk driving—a serious problem in San Antonio," Villarreal said, adding that if the Alamo City wants to be a modern American metropolis that attracts young professionals, "we need to create a market framework that includes taxis, Uber and Lyft, and the next generation of ride-share companies."
We reached out to mayoral candidate Leticia Van de Putte, but were unable to obtain a response before press time.
But one thing is for sure, San Antonio needs leaders who believe in and support innovation.
Editor’s note: We were unable to connect with Leticia Van de Putte’s campaign before deadline, but she did provide us with a statement regarding proposed transportation network company regulations.
"Major Texas cities and others across the country have found a way to welcome the services of transportation-network companies to meet their city's growing demands while ensuring the safety of their communities. I have complete confidence that San Antonio will rise to the same challenge.
"As we continue to grow and build the next great American city, San Antonio will need her leaders to find common ground."