NEWORLEANS -- The app-based ride share car service Uber was passed by the City Council Thursday.
After several delays, the council passed the ordinance narrowly 4-3, with councilmembers Jared Brosett, Jason Williams, Stacy Head and LaToya Cantrell voting for and Susan Guidry, James Gray and Nadine Ramsey voting against.
Unlike traditional cabs, the app links customers with transportation through smartphones and had plenty of supporters.
But traditional cab drivers were worried about the impact to their business. Uber had faced stiff opposition from local cab drivers and cab company officials who were against allowing the company to operate in New Orleans.