Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce pushes for ride share companies

The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce said they want anyone who supports ride share companies like Uber and Lyft coming to the city, to reach out to their elected officials.

Posted: Oct 31, 2017 5:36 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2017 1:54 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce said they want anyone who supports ride share companies like Uber and Lyft coming to the city, to reach out to their elected officials.

The president and CEO of the chamber said many of their members want ride share services to come to Eugene because it would bring a competitive edge to the city.

"Folks who are trying to recruit people here from other communities who bring in executives or employees and they have a hard time getting around." Said Brittany Quick-Warner with the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. "They can't get from one place to the other in the manner they're used to in other so we want it to be a competitive edge for us."

Officials said in the past year, communities like Bend, Corvallis, Medford and Salem have all allowed these types of companies to operate.

Quick-Warner said there need to be updates to local codes before they can operate in Eugene, and there are issues with insurance, background checks, and vehicle safety standards.

A spokesperson with Uber said they'd like to bring their business to Eugene but, the city doesn't have transportation regulations that would allow rideshare companies to operate successfully in the area.

Quick-Warner said to bring the ride sharing companies to Eugene, people should reach out to their city councilors to let them know they support the code amendments.

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