Austin TX Residents~City Council votes on Transportation Networks

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Austin TX City Residents ~ City Council Votes on Transportation Networks


The City Council voted 6-1 in a meeting that extended past midnight September 25, 2014 on the “first reading” to give initial approval to regulations to allow Transportation Network Companies to operate legally in Austin, TX. The Council has the opportunity to amend the proposed regulations before taking a final vote at a future meeting. They gave the plan preliminary approval, but two more votes are expected next week.

Austin has been in the throes of expansion and many residents have turned to ridesharing apps to fill their transportation needs despite an official ban. Transportation Network Companies operating in Austin have been doing so illegally and have been for months.

Uber and Lyft are companies already in Austin operating and are anxious to legally operate to be of service to the masses that descend on Austin for our various events and to be used as an alternative mode of transportation on a daily basis.


There is plenty of discussion on the topic of opening the doors to a new industry without integrating the taxi industry. The taxi industry is up in arms with the competition of allowing alternative options for transportation.

ATX Safer Streets say they want to see ridesharing legalized in Austin so they can provide a much needed service by helping people obtain a ride home after a night out on the town.

Some feel the taxi industry needs to step up their game in providing better quality service. These new industries popping up are the “Ultimate Form of High Tech Capitalism!” It looks like we'll be seeing more innovative high tech ideas emerging in our marketplace. Once again Austin is in the news……too bad we can’t address and adopt new roads to alleviate traffic congestion faster!

As always community events are brought to you as a courtesy by Dorie Dillard of Coldwell Banker United Realtors; your NW Austin Real Estate professional.

P.S. If you are reading this and have a home to sell in NW Austin I would be happy to help you. We bring high tech touch to home sales and market your home to millions of customers across the internet and right here in Austin. Give me a call for a free evaluation of your home’s value at 512-346-1799. Let me put my expertise to work for you!


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

The wheels of the government often turn too slowly to help the wheels on the highway or the creation of the highways

Sep 26, 2014 10:23 PM #1
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: Anything that helps with vehicle congestion is a-ok in my book. I look forward to seeing how this continues to develop in the Austin area.

Sep 26, 2014 10:33 PM #2
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

This is a very hot topic; yet I believe Austin will get things right for the people of Texas, not just Austin. Keeps us up-to-date on this timely news. I'd be interested.

Sep 26, 2014 10:35 PM #3
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Dorie, the government needs to make sure everything is integrated well and competition is fair...when it comes to transportation it is key to the city of Austin too.

Sep 26, 2014 10:47 PM #4
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Dorie, it will be interesting to see how this plays out, I'm sure the taxi services will have to adapt. I think with our growth Austin must keep an open mind set. Thanks for sharing the update.

Sep 26, 2014 10:47 PM #5
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Hi Dorie, great reporting on an issue so important to our future. We need to clean up our air and be proactive. 

Sep 26, 2014 11:17 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sally: Amen!

Hi Anita: Me too!

Hi Patricia: Will do!

Hi Ginny: Yes it is!

Hi Bob: That's what most people are saying!

Hi Noah: Yes we do!

Sep 26, 2014 11:55 PM #7
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Great way to get the word out on this Dorie. Everyone is going to have to learn to deal with the competition.

Sep 27, 2014 12:04 AM #8
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Hi Dorie: There is one and only primordial factor to consider in this decision. What is best for the public?

Sep 27, 2014 01:26 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie we have rideshare companies around here and they serve a much needed service that is different from what taxi companies provide.  In my opinion the Council made the right decision with this first vote.

Sep 27, 2014 01:42 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Some cities are giving Uber a lot of flack, that has to do with $$ not filling their pockets.  The European union has adopted them, and Uber was giving free rides to those attending the fashion shows in Paris, courtesy of a luxury brand.  I think that was great marketing.  A

Sep 27, 2014 03:45 AM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Larry & Sheila: That's for sure!

Hi Maria: Exactly!!

Hi George: I agree.

Hi Alexandra: They are doing the same thing her for the Formula One coupons in the mail with your tickets..pretty slick!!

Sep 27, 2014 06:49 AM #12
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