After months of deliberation, calls for action from frustrated St. Louisans, a satirical app mocking the lack of ridesharing services and aggressive opposition from cab companies, it’s finally here. The vicious battle between the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) and Uber ended last Friday after Uber sued the MTC for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, a legislative piece designed to combat artificial or constructed monopolies of an industry.
Ride-sharing company Uber has proven to be one of the fastest-growing businesses in the country with a valuation over $50 billion just five years after its inception—but you won’t see its usual fleet in St. Louis.
Getting around St. Louis can be tricky. Even with the MetroLink system and taxi service, the city lacks ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft.
When you think about it, riding in the back of a taxicab is quite an intimate experience. There aren’t all that many people we know with whom we would trust our lives or choose to be locked in a room—and yet that’s exactly what we do with cab drivers.
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