San Antonio's long contentious dance with transportation network companies seems to be coming to an end.
Mayor Ivy Taylor just announced in a press release that Uber signed an operating agreement with the city that is "in compliance with the ordinance passed" in August
“I am pleased to announce that Uber is returning to San Antonio,” Taylor said in a press release. “The City of San Antonio is committed to providing safe transportation options, and we are excited to welcome Uber, a company facilitating more than one million safe rides a day, back to town. This operating agreement provides consumer choice when it comes to personal safety and allows for innovative transportation options to move around San Antonio.”
The deal is effective immediately.
Not only is the company back, the city and Uber will attempt to recruit 2,000 new drivers from across the city.
“We recognize that Uber has the ability to help us tackle an issue facing all major cities— transportation for our residents” Taylor said in a press release. “We are excited to partner with Uber to provide more transportation options to all San Antonians, while at the same time creating opportunities for people to make additional income on their own schedules.”
City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño led the City’s efforts to create the operating agreement.
“We are glad to welcome Uber back to San Antonio in the spirit of collaboration,” he said in a press release.
As for Lyft, while it signed an operating agreement with San Antonio, it hasn't returned to the Alamo City and details about when it will have been scant.