The Jefferson City city council is expected to consider a measure Tuesday that would provide free Uber service on the day Gov.-elect Eric Greitens, a Republican, is inaugurated.
Bill sponsor Councilman Rick Mihalevich said Monday that the measure would allow free rides with the ride-sharing service for 24 hours. The measure would require drivers to have insurance and pass a background check to ensure public safety, he said.
Six votes from the nine-member council are needed to approve the proposal.
“Governor-Elect @EricGreitens supports it and our inaugural team is trying to make it happen,” Greitens’ senior advisor Austin Chambers tweeted on Monday.
In the past, the city has used buses to accommodate crowds on Inauguration Day, Mihalevich said, but the number of attendees usually exceeds the capacity of local transportation. He said public transit would not run in the evening to avoid competing with the free Uber service. Mihalevich said the plan had received support from the head of the city’s taxi cab company.
It is unclear exactly how many people the city expects on Jan. 9, but officials said area hotels and entertainment venues were in high demand.
Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin also endorsed the measure, saying it would give visitors a convenient option to travel around the city.
“I’m supportive because on Inauguration Day we look forward to welcoming people from all over the state,” she said, adding later, “We want to make their visit as enjoyable as possible.”
Both Tergin and Mihalevich said they believe that if approved, the proposal could be a gateway for working with Uber in the future.
In Missouri, Uber operates in St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City.