Yellow Cab by AntyDiluvian on Flickr
By an 8-1 vote, the Seattle City Council formally approved new regulations on transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, per the broad outlines of the agreement sketched out by Mayor Murray. The “caps” that represented the bulk of the controversy have been repealed. Councilmember O’Brien was the lone “no” vote; he explains his thinking here. Get all the details at PubliCola and GeekWire.
It’s a new era for taxis in Seattle as well, including the introduction of transferable “medallions” that cab owners can treat as equity. As I said previously, this is another solid win for Murray, who’s shown an ability to move legislation forward by assembling a broad coalition and giving everyone something in return. He’s also shown a deftness at getting what he wants through the council by scrambling ideological fault lines.