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It’s Time to Move Forward: Birmingham City Council Declares that Bringing Ridesharing Options to Our City is a Priority

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilors say the time has come to resolve the issues that don’t allow ridesharing companies in our city. A special called Committee of the Whole meeting was held today to discuss the proposed ordinance that has been submitted by the Council. Representatives from Uber as well as cab companies that currently operate in the city were present at the meeting to hear the next steps toward increasing transportation options in the City of Birmingham. Today’s meeting follows a two-week public comment period where Councilors asked the public to submit comments towards the new transportation ordinance. Councilors say with that input, as well as insight from the Council’s attorney, they are ready to move forward with a vote on the updated ordinance that will allow ridesharing companies to operate in Birmingham.

“We must move forward on this issue, if we are to continue being a progressive City that is catering to the needs of our citizens,” President Johnathan Austin said. “It is our duty as elected officials to look at areas that need to be updated, and transportation options for both residents and visitors is an area that must be addressed to ensure that we are a world class city, first in it’s class.

A vote on the proposed ordinance will take place next Tuesday, November 24, 2015 during council meeting. To view the proposed ordinance, please click on the link below.

Proposed Transportation Ordinance

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.