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Transportation Networking Companies

In October 2014, Austin City Council passed a pilot ordinance governing TNCs. In December 2015, the current City Council passed a new ordinance aiming to have all drivers fingerprinted by the end of 2017. Representatives from Uber and Lyft indicate they will cease operations in Austin if City Council makes fingerprint background checks mandatory. 

RECA believes the newer ordinance City Council passed in December overly burdens TNCs and threatens their ability to offer reliable and efficient transportation options to Austinites. Furthermore, the city government should not unnecessarily legislate how private companies, working within a sharing economic model, operate their businesses.

RECA believes you should support regulations that allow TNCs to operate in Austin because they: 

  • Give Austinites access to more transportation options at all hours of the day
  • Improve mobility, alleviate congestion and remove cars from our overwhelmed transportation infrastructure
  • Help ease parking problems in downtown and other popular destination areas
  • Reduce drunk driving by providing an additional option to get home safely
  • Enhance passenger safety and driver accountability by providing driver information and the ability to “share your ride”
  • Provide abundant and flexible employment opportunities to qualified drivers 

Read more on our Transportation Networking Companies webpage here.

Project Connect

Project Connect is a partnership that includes the City of AustinCapital Metro, the Lone Star Rail District and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. The City of Austin provided funding to Capital Metro for the purpose of contracting with URS Corporation to provide technical and public outreach consulting services for this effort. This purpose of the initiative is to plan a high-capacity transit vision for the region consisting of urban rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit.

Review more information about Project Connect and its status here.