On the highway 20 in Houston, there is a toll booth.
It is a place for drivers to pay their toll.
But it’s also where a local gas station is offering customers the opportunity to pay an extra $5 a gallon.
The ride is free for anyone who is on a ride-share service or is looking for a new way to make their way around town.
And, at the time of writing, it’s free for all of Houston.
“There are no taxes or fees, so you don’t have to pay for gas,” said John St. Clair, owner of the station, KFC Houston.
He says the ride was the first time he’s had a customer in the city pay a gas tax.
It also is one of the first places in the world to offer a $5 price for gas.
“It’s kind of the norm for the city,” he said.
He said the drive is “the way we do things in Houston,” adding, “I guess it’s just a way to get people to pay attention.”KFC Houston is one more sign that ridesharing services are growing, and that many cities are embracing the technology to make local travel more efficient.
There are dozens of companies in the United States that offer ride-sharing, including Lyft, Uber, Sidecar, Zipcar, and Ola.
But many cities have taken the opposite approach.
Some have banned ride-shares entirely, while others have been open to new forms of transportation.
“Houston has really embraced this idea that they’re going to have a new kind of economy here,” said Michael Deutsch, president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a non-profit organization that promotes self-reliance.
“That’s kind and good.
But, for some people, it can be a little bit scary.”
St. Clair says that even though he doesn’t want to get into the argument of whether the new rideshares are better than the old ones, he says it is important for the people of Houston to understand that the technology is here.
“We can’t control everything,” he told ABC News.
“But, I guess if you can get the people to understand, then we can get them to be more productive.
That’s really what we’re trying to do.”
The Houston Chronicle has reached out to Lyft and Ora for comment.