Discussions about the new ride sharing economy are important as taxi cabs provide trusted transportation for our disabled neighbors and seniors. As the Chair of the Economic Development and Finance Committee, I could not be more proud of my colleagues, as we are continuously at the forefront of innovation and positive change.

On May 12, the City Council took historic action and approved modifications to existing taxi cab regulations in light of new ride sharing services or transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft that have greatly altered the traditional ride-hailing industry landscape. This makes Long Beach the first major U.S. city to provide better, flexible and more options to taxi consumers through lower fares, additional operational cabs, and enhanced service levels.

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