Eugene Welcomes Uber and Lyft To Operate After Years of Debate

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Do you remember when Uber was available in Eugene briefly? I do, and it was great. Personally, I love ridesharing apps and am excited to see Uber and Lyft once again could potentially be back in town again.

KEZI reports the Eugene city council voted 7-1 Monday night to update the city code, once again allowing rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Lane County. The vote was 7-1, with Councilor Claire Syrett casting the lone no vote.

The new law, according to the news, changes who can do driver’s background checks, creates new licensing and inspection requirements, and adds a per-ride fee. This comes after years of debating and added pressure from the business community.

While there’s no word yet on whether Uber or Lyft will be operating again here anytime soon, in the case they do we can imagine the local cab companies won’t be happy with the new changes.

How do you feel about ridesharing apps operating in Eugene? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. I really, really hope Lyft in particular comes to town. Everywhere I travel that isn’t Eugene, I use them- Chicago, Seattle, Austin, Mexico City, Cancun…. though I take the bus most of the time it would be nice to have rideshare as a complimentary option. Cabs are super expensive here because they have a monopoly, and this is the only city I know of where there is zero public transportation from the airport. If Eugene wants to be tourist friendly (and that’s a big IF because it certainly doesn’t seem like it does) this is a great first step.