Uber drought highlights transportation need in city

LaGRANGE – Public transportation has become an increasingly large topic of conversation in LaGrange recently, due to the limited options for residents in the growing city and few options along the lines of Uber or Lyft available.

Theneed was highlighted for some out of town guests last weekend when they took an Uber to the Jason Isbell concert at Sweetland Amphitheatre, but by the time the concert ended the few local Uber drivers were no longer picking up passengers and the Groome transport was long since gone. Fortunately, those visitors were able to find a ride home, but the need for more publicly available transportation was made clear with that lack of options to return from what the city expects to be an increasingly busy venue.

According to Uber’s website, the company has drivers in LaGrange under both uberX – which can hold one to four riders – and uberXL – which can hold one to six riders – classifications though city officials expressed doubt at the city being able to support the service on a large scale at this time.

“I think we are still a little too small for Uber (in LaGrange),” said Mayor Jim Thornton. “… We would be supportive of anyone wanting to start a business – an Uber – here.”

Leadership Troup is currently looking into public transportation within the county, but all plans are currently in the early stages. The county’s one public transportation system – Troup Transit – is limited to the older citizens, and the program’s federal funding would not allow for general public use.

Anyone who needs a ride from one of the local Uber cars can do so by contacting the driver through the Uber app on a smartphone. Lyft also claims to serve LaGrange as part of its Columbus region, but it is unclear how many cars from that service are actually in the LaGrange area.

News

Troup County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports for period ending June 6

News

Troup County Sheriff’s Office incident reports for period ending June 6

News

Bartley Road shooting still under investigation

News

The Firm Foundation speech therapy cuts ribbon in LaGrange

News

The Inspirations to perform at Troup Alumni concert

News

YARBROUGH COLUMN: Sharing an Opinion on Cong. Carter’s no Opinion Regarding our Okefenokee

News

Home salon permit delayed over technicality questions

News

COLLINS COLUMN: Flavors of Trials: Finding Wisdom in Various Kinds

News

Troup County Sheriff’s Office incident reports for period ending June 5

News

Troup County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports for period ending June 5

News

2 in critical condition after shooting on Bartley Rd

News

TCSS releases HB251 school transfer options for 2024-2025

News

HUNT COLUMN: Mean Girls Are Alive and…Well?

News

GENDUSA COLUMN: The Queen of Overdo

News

Commission chair talks project funding

News

Fire service employees recognized for 30 years of service

News

Troup County Sheriff’s Office incident reports for the period ending June 4

News

Troup County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports for the period ending June 4

News

KING COLUMN: A Southern Twister Inside the Car

News

Runoff forum set for Thursday

News

COLLINS COLUMN: Peace Beyond Understanding

News

Troup County Sheriff’s Office incident reports for the period ending June 3

News

Troup County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports for the period ending June 3

News

Trio charged with Borton Street murder