Uber Black, the premium sedan service operated by San Fransisco-based ride-sharing service Uber, has received a preliminary OK to begin operating in St. Louis. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission unanimously approved the company’s license, but there is no set date for the service to begin.
Uber Black differs from UberX, the popular but controversial service that allows nonprofessional drivers to use personal cars to ferry passengers. Uber, which connects riders with drivers through a mobile application, initially tried to enter the St. Louis market last fall but ran up against licensing restrictions from the commission. The commission changed its licensing regulations in July.