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Eugene city officials: Uber and Lyft expected to return

Uber and Lyft are starting to fill out an application to send to city officials who said they are more than happy to accept them.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 6:44 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2018 6:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are expected to make their way back to Eugene and Springfield, city officials said.

Uber and Lyft are starting to fill out an application to send to city officials who said they are more than happy to accept them.

The president and CEO of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Brittany Quick-Warner, said she's excited for Uber and Lyft to help the community thrive.

"Having companies like Uber and Lyft in our community is critical for the business community,” Quick-Warner said. “It's critical for travelers, for our university students.

“It's going to be a great and welcome addition to our transportation network that we think will work well with our resources here,” Quick-Warner said.

University of Oregon student Jada Galland said she was walking alone downtown when two homeless men grabbed her and tried to rob her.

She said she waited with people nearby for a taxi but said ordering a Lyft before she walked alone could've made all the difference.

She thinks ridesharing apps coming back to town will eliminate a big problem she thinks women face walking alone.

"I think it'll eliminate some of the fear of being harassed or just even knowing you have a ride coming exactly when you need to come," Galland said.

City officials said as long as the application process goes as planned, drivers can start applying.

Before hitting the road, drivers will have to go through a background check through the Eugene Police Department and earn a certification through the city.

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