Appreciate the attempt to compromise with Uber and Lyft, but the Hillsborough PTC still doesn’t get it

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The Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission deserves some credit; it’s learned that the word “compromise” does exist.

The PTC now needs to understand what that concept really means.

The Public Transportation Commission proposed two changes in hopes of accommodating the companies. But the changes still force Lyft and Uber to charge customers at least $30 and make them order the service at least a half-hour in advance, reports Caitlin Johnston of the Tampa Bay Times. The transportation commission is hoping the changes, which it says are the first in an ongoing series, will be viewed as a good-faith effort to find a common ground, PTC executive director Kyle Cockream said.

That’s a lot of cockamamie from Mr. Cockream.

Lyft and Uber users do not want to and won’t stand to be charged a minimum anything, much less $30. Lyft and Uber users do not want to and won’t stand to bwait a minute, much less a half-hour for their vehicle to arrive.

Yes, $30 is half as much as $60 and a half-hour is half as long as an hour, but for Lyft and Uber and its devotees this isn’t a negotiation. It’s a technological revolution.

The board members of the PTC need to realize this.

“We’re trying to make a model for these non-metered vehicles that are on the street where people call in with an app,” said Tampa City Council member Yvonne Yolie Capin, who serves on the PTC. “We’re hoping to reach a compromise while at the same time protecting the public.”

Here’s the compromise, the PTC stops protecting the monopolistic, user-unfriendly cab companies and gets out of the way of Lyft and Uber.

Splitting the baby, or in this case, the Lincoln Town Car, just won’t do it.

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