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Birmingham City Councilors Approve TNC Ordinance Marking a New Era in Transportation for Birmingham

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin has led the Council in another defining moment that will be instrumental in shaping the future of transportation in Birmingham. With a 7-1-1 vote, Councilors approved an ordinance that will allow popular ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the City of Birmingham creating additional means of transportation as the city continues to expand with new developments. The ordinance notates that there will be a 6-month trial period in which TNC’s will be required to abide by the rules that are outlined in the ordinance.

Council President Johnathan Austin said this action by the Council is reflective of both the citizens’ needs and the city’s continuous growth.

“My colleagues and I worked very hard to ensure that the right ordinance was put in place to allow TNC’s to operate efficiently in Birmingham,” Council President Austin said. “After months of reviewing various edits to the ordinance and listening to feedback from the community, I am happy to say that we can now welcome TNC’s to our city, thus providing both residents and visitors with additional means of transportation.”

This move to provide increased transportation options also demonstrates the Council’s proactive commitment in support of the 2021 World Games and the influx of visitors this major event will bring to the City. Transportation options for the City have been an ongoing challenge for securing events of this nature, and the Council believes today’s vote will show potential conference committees that Birmingham is serious about making transportation to and from events smooth and efficient.

Uber supports Birmingham’s transportation goals and will be critical partners in offering expanding transportation options throughout the City for residents and visitors alike.

“Today’s action by the City Council is a win for riders, drivers and the City of Birmingham,” said Tom Maguire, General Manager, Uber Alabama. “We thank the Council for their leadership, and look forward to bringing safe rides and economic opportunity to the Magic City in the coming weeks.”

Now that the TNC ordinance has passed, Uber and other TNCs could be operating in Birmingham by Christmas, a promise President Austin was committed to keep.

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