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File #: 19-8378   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: City Council B Session
On agenda: 11/13/2019
Posting Language: Briefing on the procurement of three firms to provide dockless vehicle services on City rights-of-way. [Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager; John Jacks, Director, Center City Development and Operations]
Attachments: 1. Staff Presentation
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DEPARTMENT: Center City Development and Operations

DEPARTMENT HEAD: John Jacks, Director



Dockless Vehicle Operations on City Right-of-Way


The City Council will be provided with a briefing on the procurement of three dockless vehicle operators to be authorized to provide services on City right-of-way.


Dockless vehicle operators introduced vehicles into the San Antonio market in June of 2018. In response to this new mode of transportation, the City Council enacted a light-handed pilot program in October of 2018. That pilot program established a permit structure, riding rules, and rules for parking and deploying vehicles. It also created permit fee revenue to cover associated costs related to enforcement, vehicle correction, and education initiatives. At the time of program adoption, staff committed to returning to City Council after six months of oversight and monitoring to make any recommended changes to the pilot program.

The pilot program resulted in seven dockless vehicle operators seeking a total of 16,100 permits for individual vehicles. The large number of operators and permitted vehicles resulted in the adoption of a moratorium on further permitting by City Council in January 2019. After the conclusion of the initial six month permits, staff returned to City Council with recommended next steps for the initiative, including a recommendation that the City pursue a Request for Proposals ("RFP") to identify three qualified operators to perform these services and that the total number of vehicles be reduced. On May 29th, City Council endorsed Staff's recommendation to issue a RFP to select three operators. Prior to Council endorsement at "A" Session, the issue had been briefed at Transportation Council Committee, Audit & Accountability Council Committee, and to the full City Council at "B" Session.

The RFP was released on June 7th and remained open for 45 days. Th...

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