New documentary chronicles Uber’s D.C. battle

A new documentary written and directed by local filmmaker Rob Montz explores the arrival of the car service Uber in the District. The service, where people can “hail” a ride using an app on their smartphone, quickly gained a following among folks looking for an alternative to D.C.’s taxicabs — but ran afoul of the D.C. Council and D.C. Taxicab Commission.

“The Uber Wars,” includes interviews with some of the major players, including chair of the DCTC, Ron Linton, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and features The Post’s own Mike DeBonis.

The 11-minute documentary is definitely sympathetic to Uber, and as DeBonis wrote in his blog post:

” . . . while the film paints a picture of a hidebound and innovation-resistant political and regulatory culture, do note that Uber has ended up winning virtually every fight it’s picked here so far.”

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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