Uber and Lyft approved to arrive at Sky Harbor

Posted at 5:37 AM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 10:49:58-05

How all of us get picked up from Phoenix Sky Harbor will soon be changing.

In a 5-4 vote Tuesday night, Phoenix City Council voted to allow ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers.

It's long been a controversial issue with supporters wanting more options and competition among transport companies and opponents worried about passenger safety.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey praised the decision saying on Twitter, "A great step forward for #AZ's ride sharing industry."

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton also supported the move and also a new regulation that forces transportation companies to provide options for the disabled. According to the mayor, Sky Harbor would become the largest airport in the nation to do so.

There's still no word on what sort of safety measures airport officials would relax, if any, for companies like Uber and Lyft. Stanton has stated in previous interviews that officials would need to make sure these companies kept passengers safe.

The ride sharing companies are expected to start some time this summer.