Salem city councilors signaled a final green light for companies like Uber and Lyft on Monday, unanimously approving a bill to regulate transportation network companies that can start revving up capital city operations next month.
A City Hall that once spurned Uber, for example, is now welcoming the San Francisco-based company, giving the more than 15,000 riders in Salem who’ve signed up for its service a way to get around. Service should begin June 7, with drivers set to start roaming city streets.
The changes to city code in Ordinance Bill 3-17 passed with little fanfare or public comment at the meeting.
Zackary Reitan, for instance, came in support of Uber, saying he and a few friends "fell victim" to a long wait for a taxi company during a recent outing. For him, transportation network companies also mean bolstered options to get around for the upcoming August 21 solar eclipse.
Chip Conrad, a local vlogger, said support for bringing ride-hailing to the city on a Facebook page he set up has been overwhelming.
"As we grow up and become a bigger city, it’s just a great addition," Conrad said.The bill’s passage Monday represented a political victory for Mayor Chuck Bennett, who pushed strongly for […]