Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester City Council may soon be ready to vote on an ordinance that would pave the way for Uber drivers to start operating in the city.

The council took public input on a proposed ordinance Monday night.  

The council decided to hear from a local taxicab operator at its next committee meeting. A vote on the ordinance could then be scheduled for the council’s next formal meeting.

City officials have been discussing the proposed ordinance with Uber representatives. It is based on the ordinance now in effect in St Paul. It includes a proposed fee and also addresses operations at the Rochester airport.

The Council Monday night also approved a new contract for public transit services.

The 5 year contract was awarded to First Transit, the current operator of the public system. First Transit was awarded its current contract in 2012 and it expires at the end of the year. First Transit was selected over three other offers including one from Rochester City Lines, the former longtime operator of the public system.   

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