(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

St. Louisans will soon have a new way to hail cabs in the region. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Tuesday approved a license for Carmel Car and Limo to start offering its smartphone app in St. Louis.

Courtesy St. Louis County Cab

If you call St. Louis County & Yellow Cab Company for a taxi ride this year, you will have a small chance of getting a free ride. That’s because one of the company’s  fleet of 250 cars has been designated “Lucky Lou” throughout 2014 – with a mission of surprising passengers with bow ties, beats and a trip to their destination free of charge.

It’s part of a promotion in honor of both the 250th anniversary of St. Louis and celebrating 79 years of business.