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Austinites Pushing For Safer Late-Night Transportation

Updated: Thursday, May 15 2014, 08:14 AM CDT

Sara Levine is advocating for safer streets for both her and her 8-month-old daughter.

"It's been so overdue for so long.  Absolutely we need it here," said Levine.

Levine is taking about Transportation Network Companies, commonly referred to as "ridesharing."

"Basically it connects you to a driver in your area," added Levine.

Using an app on your cell phone.  Uber is one such company. The ride-share giant is circulating an online petition, calling on Austin City Council to allow a pilot ride-share program in the city.  As of Wednesday night over 18,000 people have signed it.

And in a city where live music equals lots of money, there's a push to get bands, fans, and the people who serve them alternative modes of transportation.

"There's limited options not just for the fans but for people in the service industry. We have bartenders working until two or three in the morning and it's important for them to have safe options to get home," said Jennifer Houlihan.

Which is why Austin Music People (AMP) is asking Austinities to email individual council members in support of the ride-share pilot program.  Levine hopes other will get in gear.



Austinites Pushing For Safer Late-Night Transportation

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