HOUSTON — Looks like we won't have to imagine a city without Uber!
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday the ride sharing app will remain in H-town, at least for a while.
After a long battle over safety concerns, the city and Uber have come to an agreement.
“They have committed to remaining in Houston for the Super Bowl and the foreseeable future,"Turner said.
In a city notorious for traffic congestion and lack of widespread public transportation, Houstonians couldn't be happier.
“I think it’s awesome actually," resident Dean Erwin said. "I love Uber. I like the different cars that you can choose from, and I like that their response time is way less than what you would if you find a taxi."
Uber officials released a statement saying:
“For the past few months, we have worked in good faith with Mayor Turner to come to a compromise that would allow us to stay for the Super Bowl. Uber fully intends to continue operating through the Super Bowl under the City's proposed licensing changes.”
So H-town won't be following in Austin's footsteps.
“I’m originally from Austin and I was pretty upset that they took Uber away, but I’m really happy that Houston is actually keeping it because it’s such a huge city, there’s so many things to do here," Savannah Ricketson said .
The mayor also announced the official launch of the taxi app, Arro, which will help Houston cabs compete.
Now Houstonians have more ways to get around the city. Nothing wrong with that!