Ascension Parish set to consider ride sharing ordinance

Ascension Parish set to consider ride sharing ordinance

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish could be next to offer ride sharing options such as Uber.

An ordinance to allow app-based taxi-service alternatives was introduced during Thursday's council meeting.

"This ride sharing ordinance will be great for Ascension Parish," said Parish President Kenny Matassa. "It not only provides residents with a cost-effective mode of transportation, but it also opens up the possibility of new jobs for interested drivers."

Officials say Ascension would be the first suburb-area to bring ride-sharing services.

"In Ascension Parish, there's not any type of taxi service that I'm aware of or anything that provides a service like that to the public, said Ken Dawson, Chief Administrative Officer in Ascension Parish. "So people getting back and forth to their jobs is important. We have a higher amount of jobs and industry in the area and we have a lot of expansion going on, so just to have something like that that someone can use is important."

The council could hold a public hearing and vote on the proposal at its June meeting.

According to Uber's company website, it now operates in over 400 cities in 65 countries.

"We look forward to expanding safe, reliable transportation options and flexible work opportunities throughout the Ascension Parish community," said Thomas Hayes, general manager of Uber Louisiana. "If passed into law, Ascension Parish would join their neighbors in East Baton Rouge, other Louisiana communities like New Orleans and Lafayette, and 30 states across the country that have welcomed Uber with sensible, modern ride sharing laws."

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