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Uber's push into the cab and town car service business

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Taxi cab in the cityof Houston is big business....There are just under 2.5 million cabs dispatchedin our area annually.  That translates into millions of dollars up forgrabs.

But there are some Houstonians like Tameka Lord pushing a new app that appearsto make catching a cab easier with the press of the button.  Lord firstused Uber in the city of Chicago because it's not in Houston yet.

She says, "if you're traveling you don't have to worry about finding a carservice or a cab."

Uber has made its way to most major cities like Chicago, Dallas and DC...Thetechnology company that dispatches taxi service with an app using your creditcard info and no exchange of money is trying to get into Houston. 

A city with tough regulations and literally owned by Yellow cab.  Roma'nMartinez is CEO of Greater Houston Transportation company.  It operatesthe taxi services you've come to know like Yellow and Fiesta.  He sayswhile he has no problem with Uber coming to town the app company needs to facethe same scrutiny his company and drivers do.
Martiniz says, "we've always followed the rules."

Martinez says since Uber is a technology company and not a transportationcompany they have the potential to avoid many of the of the regulations. He also says there's a potential threat that Uber brings in driving down theprices of town car service in Houston. Currently there's a minimum fair of $70for a black car that Uber wants the city to change.


Uber's Texas executive LayAndre Johns says most cab companies are apprehensiveabout the apps arrival because of the unknown.  He says Houston is one ofthe few major cities where the app is not operating.

Johns also says Uber brings a form of convenience to Houstonians they have bysimply using their smartphone.  He says within minutes a ride isthere.  He calls it efficiency in the 2013.

"It really is a apprehension to innovation," says Johns. 

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