Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester City Council has decided to move ahead with considering a proposed ordinance that would allow Uber and similar businesses to operate in Rochester.

The city’s existing taxicab ordinance currently prohibits the Transportation Networks Companies from servicing customers, despite an apparent demand for the transportation option.

During Monday afternoon’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the Council reached a consensus to consider using a modified version of a St. Paul ordinance to regulate Uber and the operation of other TNCs in Rochester. Staff was directed to make some requested modifications to the St. Paul statute in advance of a public hearing on the issue, possibly next month.

If supporters get their way, Uber could begin operating in Rochester as soon as early next year.