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Uber officially departs San Antonio

As expected.


Uber’s ride in the Alamo City ended Wednesday as the ride-share company has stopped operating within San Antonio city limits.

The decision to end all operations in San Antonio stems from the city council’s vote to approve a series of proposed changes to policies that regulate the local ride-share industry.

Those rules went into effect April 1, and Uber has said it would abandon all operations because of them.

See here for the background. As the story notes, many of the non-San Antonio cities in Bexar County are wooing Uber and Lyft, so those cars may still be seen on the streets of SA, just not picking up passengers there. And though they have left for now, that isn’t necessarily for good. On their blog, Uber says “we are not giving up on San Antonio, and will work hard to bring Uber back”. That’s followed by a reminder of the May 9 city elections, which is perhaps a veiled shot at interim Mayor Ivy Taylor, who was not a supporter of Uber and Lyft. I wonder if they plan on spending some money to get a friendlier Mayor elected. On that note, it’s candidate forum season in San Antonio, so if you don’t know who you want to support for Mayor or Council there, you have plenty of opportunities to hear the candidates speak and figure it out. The Current has more.

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