As of October 13, Uber has returned to San Antonio. Last year the ride-sharing service was banned from San Antonio after the city amended its transportation ordinance with extra regulations for companies like Uber.
A statement from Uber can be found on the companyâ€™s website.
â€œUberâ€™s re-launch in San Antonio sends a loud signal that this city is open for business. Uber is more than a convenient and affordable ride, it increases exploration of the city, reduces DWIs and will help us attract top talent looking to move to a liveable urban city. This is a small step that makes a large impact in our community,â€ according to the website.
Trinity University students are excited that the app-based car service is back in San Antonio.
â€œIâ€™ve never used Uber personally, but I think itâ€™s a great thing. The first ride is free I think. That really helps people get it. It makes things less complicated when it comes to crunch time on weekends,â€ said Eric Engle, a senior at Trinity and resident advisor.
Members of Trinityâ€™s administration are also happy that students have another way to get around campus.
â€œI think itâ€™s great for our students and Iâ€™m really pleased itâ€™s coming back. Overall itâ€™s important. Itâ€™s an important service and itâ€™s a great alternative for people, for short travel and spontaneous travel so I think that fits the student culture really well,â€ said David Tuttle, associate vice president and dean of students.
The serviceâ€™s affordable and fast rides are perfect for a college campus situated in the heart of a city like San Antonio.
â€œSince weâ€™re not a traditional college town and we donâ€™t have in walking distance like a strip or a Sixth Street or something like that, but yet thereâ€™s so many places within close proximity that a quick, cheap Uber trip would be great whether itâ€™s to the Quarry, or the Pearl or the Riverwalk,â€ Tuttle said.
This service provides students with a sober ride if they decide to drink off-campus.
â€œIf people do want to go off campus and they have something to drink and they want to come back to campus, you know itâ€™s more immediate. Itâ€™s faster than a cab, and itâ€™s cheaper than a cab,â€ Tuttle said.
While having a designated driver is always the best option when going out, Uber provides a contingency plan for San Antonio residents.
â€œI donâ€™t know that there, youâ€™d have to ask other students if thereâ€™s a drinking and driving problem. I think the best drinking and driving program is a designated driver program because itâ€™s immediate and itâ€™s free and itâ€™s effective,â€ Tuttle said.
Most are just pleased to have it as an option again.
â€œI think the more choices students have the better,â€ Tuttle said.
Both Uber and Lyft have returned to San Antonio and are once again available to people in the city.