uber phoneThe Atlanta City Council Transportation Committee will hold a work session at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 24, to discuss the possibility of allowing rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft to pick up riders at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber, Second Floor, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave.

Currently, rideshare services are prohibited from picking up passengers at the airport, but cities around the world are beginning to relax those restrictions. However, traditional taxi drivers and companies have held protests and some cities and countries have banned services like Uber altogether.

Last week, Los Angeles International Airport officials gave rideshare services the green light to pick up airline passengers, making LAX the nation’s largest airport, thus far, to allow access to Uber and Lyft.

Friday’s work session, which will begin with a presentation by airport officials, is being convened by Transportation Committee Chairwoman, City Councilmember Felicia Moore. This is only a work session and no vote by the Transportation Committee will be taken. The public and members of the rideshare and taxi cab industries are invited to attend and comment.

The meeting will air live on City Channel 26 on Comcast Cable or watch the meeting online at atlantaga.gov.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.