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No Answer on Lyft in St. Louis Until August 2015. Yes, 2015.

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Lyft says its working with city leaders to bring its services to St. Louis.
What was supposed to be a quick trial over a restraining order has grown into a larger case after the ride-share app Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission agreed to delay their court case until August 2015.

Judge Joan Moriarty already issued a preliminary injunction against Lyft earlier this week barring the company from operating in St. Louis.

See also: 10 Important Sentences from the Judge's Ruling Against Lyft in St. Louis

Lyft released this statement:

Thousands of St. Louis residents have voiced strong support for Lyft as a safe, affordable and convenient transportation option. Lyft's peer-to-peer model does not legally fall under regulations for taxis or limos and the ruling earlier this month tries to force a new industry into a one-size-fits-all regulatory structure. People across the nation use Lyft to get to work, to the store and to connect with members of their community every single day. We'll continue to work with city leaders toward giving St.Louis residents the same opportunity.

Moriarty scheduled the hearing to decide on a permanent injunction for next month, but both Lyft and the MTC agreed to delay by a year, according to court records.

Here's the timeline that Lyft and the MTC have agreed to:

October 1: MTC will disclose its expert witnesses.

November 3: MTC's expert witnesses will give testimony by deposition

December 1: Lyft will disclose its expert witnesses.

January 12, 2015: Lyft's expert witnesses will give testimony by deposition.

And after eight more months of legal maneuvering, MTC and Lyft are scheduled to meet in the courtroom for a trial on August 24, 2015.

Lyft is trying to modify the protective order against them in the meantime, according to court records.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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17 comments
Jacqui Ruoff
Jacqui Ruoff

Maybe if the taxi service here didn't SUCK!!!! Maybe if you didn't have to wait an hour for a cab!!! I support Lyft because I am sick of the crappy Taxis in STL

Charli197
Charli197

Lyft is great! Ride for free

1. Download the app
2. Enter code LOSANGELES (works nationwide)
3. Request and enjoy your free ride
4. Repeat on another phone to ride again free

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Procrastination at it's finest. Smh.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Serves you libs right. You all want regulations now deal with them !!! Laughing my ass off

Alec Castle
Alec Castle

St. Louisans will not stand for this. Mark my words. An ailing beast like the Taxi Commission can only kick for so long. They're scared, and rightly so. Once we get services like Lyft and UberX, I'll never use a St. Louis taxi again. Our taxi companies are unreliable and overpriced.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

just a few thugs with power can control a city...really sad

samuel.roby
samuel.roby

Good. By 2015 the tax-evading fraud named "ride-sharing" will be BK.

Kidnappings. Drug sales. Tax evasion. Non payment of municipal fees.

Complete disregard of court orders and human ethics.

That's the true face of ride-"sharing" criminal enterprise.

Andycrossett
Andycrossett

Pretty sure you don't even live here. Doubt the average person gives a damn about Lyft.

Andycrossett
Andycrossett

Yes , we want thugs picking us up, holding us for ransom, etc. Just like in the third world.  You may not like the taxi commission, but at least there are safe insured taxis here in this town, and licensed black car service too.  Get lost.

Andycrossett
Andycrossett

I see these over financed VC outfits as the thugs.  They  think they can run rough shod over the local cities and rules.  The VC controlled smart asses are the thugs.

charles74.cs
charles74.cs

U must b a taxi driver andycrossett if u was a regular person u would love lyft.

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