• FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, Josh Mohrer, far left, New York's general manager for Uber, speaks during a news conference and rally outside New York's City Hall, while inside lawmakers were holding a hearing on the growth of the For-Hire-Vehicle (FHV) industry in the city, with a focus on Uber. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company’s cars on the streets of the nation’s largest city.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, Josh Mohrer, far left, New York's general manager for Uber, speaks during a news conference and rally outside New York's City Hall, while inside lawmakers were holding a hearing on the growth of the For-Hire-... Vehicle (FHV) industry in the city, with a focus on Uber. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company’s cars on the streets of the nation’s largest city. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo, Uber drivers and their supporters protest in front of the offices of the Taxi and Limousine Commission in New York where a proposal before the commission would require car services that riders can summon with their phones to comply with many of the rules that govern the yellow cabs they compete with. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company’s cars on the streets of the nation’s largest city.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo, Uber drivers and their supporters protest in front of the offices of the Taxi and Limousine Commission in New York where a proposal before the commission would require car services that riders can summon with ... their phones to comply with many of the rules that govern the yellow cabs they compete with. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company’s cars on the streets of the nation’s largest city. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, on a cell phone in New York, the Uber app displays cars available for a pick up at 100 Centre St., a few blocks from City Hall. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company's cars on the streets of the nation's largest city. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, on a cell phone in New York, the Uber app displays cars available for a pick up at 100 Centre St., a few blocks from City Hall. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a ... highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company's cars on the streets of the nation's largest city. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file) (The Associated Press)

Uber growth unhampered in surprise deal with NYC: No cap during 4-month study

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Uber cars can continue to be a growing presence on the streets of New York City now that an agreement has been reached between the ride-hailing company and the city.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced late Wednesday that Uber agreed to a four-month study on the impact of the cars on the city's traffic and the environment. That was just before a City Council vote scheduled for Thursday that could have capped the number of cars Uber can have on city streets.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a growing number of public officials who'd been calling for the council to delay the vote, instead cheered the agreement. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the study will be passed Thursday but no longer carry a cap.