ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - An ordinance to allow app-based taxi-service alternatives was unanimously approved by Ascension Parish council members.
"I am ready to welcome a new business to Ascension Parish," President Kenny Matassa said. "With this ordinance, companies like Uber can provide alternate transportation services to our residents and visitors. From public safety to new jobs to innovation, ride sharing is a great addition to our community."
Ascension Parish is now 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."
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."