I thought you might be interested in this Committee Report on the feasibility of the City’s establishing agreements with rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. There are a couple of Orders in the Report that ask the City to try to come up with a better solution than the somewhat confusing status we’re in now regarding cabs and rideshares. This whole discussion, along with things like AirB&B, illustrates the challenge governments have in responding nimbly to changing technology that allows business of all sorts to be done in ways that differ from long-held traditions in which people have invested a lot of money, built relationships and have knowledge. No easy answers here, but having these conversations on an ongoing basis, whether it’s about carsharing or policing or education, is important. Uber and Lyft and Sidecar, or anything else, won’t stay the same, either, as self-driving cars and other changes in technology or the market or something else completely come down the pike, so we want to make sure our regulatory programs are robust enough to handle unknown but unavoidable changes as seamlessly as possible without suffocating innovation. That challenge is part of what makes government service interesting!
Feel free to come speak about this issue Monday night if you wish, remembering we are meeting back at City Hall again. You can sign up by phone between 9 and 3 on Monday at 617-349-4280 or in person at CRLS between 5 and 6. Public comment sign up stops at 6, though the comment period itself may last longer. You may also email the entire Council at Council@Cambridgema.gov.
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