Clearly +Nikki Fortunato Bas
does not catch many cabs heading to the airport or in the bar districts after hours...try getting a cab at 2am near a club or drinking establishment in Austin, genius! You'd have more luck finding hen's teeth in the dark.
Cabs in Austin generally suck in their coverage of the metro-area, pricing and driving behavior. Ms. Fortunato-Bas' assertion that this was a "landmark victory for local democracy and public safety" is ludicrous and misguided.
The only outcomes from this silly ordinance are: (1) an antiquated industry is protected (again); (2) innovation is stifled; (3) Austin has easily 50% less transportation for hire at any given time of day than it did three weeks ago; (4) drunks retake the road when no rides are available after hours; and (5) a manipulated marketplace is advocated and enforced by the government....sounds like bullshit to me...