It's looking like Uber has won the streets of New York City.

City Hall is moving forward with a planned study on the impact of Uber and other vehicle operators on traffic in the city, and Uber has apparently agreed to release some data the city had been seeking, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The de Blasio administration has dropped its plan to cap Uber's expansion within the city--at least for now. The cap would have restricted the number of new for-hire licenses to a growth rate of one percent during the study period, which goes until September 2016, for companies such as Uber with more than 500 vehicles. 

The ridesharing company must adhere to the agreement "otherwise the cap is back on the table," spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Karen Hinton, told the Times

"The city received a willingness on the company's part to make sure there was no effort to flood the market with dramatically increased rates of growth," First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris was quoted in the Associated Press as saying. "The company eventually agreed to what we've been asking for a while."

News of the mayor backing down from the cap followed what the New York Post described Wednesday as a "political bombshell" from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when the governor defended Uber as "one of these great inventions, startups, of this new economy." 

Cuomo made the comments on the radio show "The Capitol Pressroom," the Post reported.

"I don't think that government should be in the business of trying to restrict job growth. I don't believe you can restrict job growth," Cuomo was quoted as saying.

Hashtag #UberMovesNYC pushed support for Uber into the Twittersphere Wednesday with celebrities including Kate Upton joining in. 

 

Published on: Jul 22, 2015