A new era for transportation in Milwaukee?

CREATED Jul 22, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- A new era for transportation in Milwaukee could start Tuesday.

The Milwaukee Common Council will vote today on a proposal to lift the cap on taxi permits in the city, but not without controversy.

Ride sharing services like Lyft and Uber -- which run through a smartphone and conduct their own background check and inspection on their cars -- want to expand, but are limited by the number of available permits. They currently don't have permits in Milwaukee because the city caps permits at 420.
"What we're not going to do is just open the floodgates and have no city background checks or no city vehicle inspections," said Alderman Bob Donovan.
If the city passes this ordinance, they will drop that cap on taxi permits, but it will be on their own terms.