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Ride-sharing tries to make its way to Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Ride-sharing device apps have become a popular way of transportation in some big cities around the country and now, they are trying to make their way to Baton Rouge.

Councilman John Delgado recently proposed allowing ride-share services in the Capital City to provide an alternative to taxis.

"Instead of going to a cab, ride share services come to you," said Delgado. "Basically, an entire side walk in the city will become a cab stand."

Delgado said the ride-share company Uber has already contacted him about expanding to Baton Rouge.

Users simply schedule a pick up time and location via the app. The driver is an ordinary person in his or her own vehicle. And, customers will pay a base fee through the app.

"This will be really good for people when they're leaving a restaurant after getting a couple of glasses of wine. Instead of waiting for an hour for a cab, you will have an option of someone taking you home in five minutes," Delgado explained.

Wall Street valued Uber, the ride-sharing app, at a staggering $17 billion on Wednesday.

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