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Medford City Leaders Get 1st Ceremonial Uber Ride

Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft officially launched their services in the Medford metro area Friday morning.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 6:17 PM
Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 6:31 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft officially launched their services in the Medford metro area Friday morning. 

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Jon Isaacs, Public Affairs Manager for Oregon Uber, said the company feels welcomed in Medford.

"We're excited to see the response from people who have signed up to drive to take advantage of the opportunity to earn extra money driving and giving other people rides," Isaacs said. 

Isaacs said people can still get a ride even if they don't live within Medford city limits. 

Medford councilors started discussing adopting a ride-share ordinance in June. 

"It took as long as it needed to take, it's important that when a city is going to make a decision to bring something new like this that it looks at all the issues has a thorough process, brings all the stake holders in," Isaacs said. 

Brad Hicks, Jackson County/Medford Chamber President, said the extra travel options will help the local economy. 

"When people have more opportunities and more reliable options then they're going to dine and they're going to recreate and do all the things we want them to do," Hicks said. 

Lyft also launched services in Medford Friday morning. 

The company says it is available to 95 percent of the U.S. population. 

Chris Clayton, Central Point City Manager, said members of the City Council have plans to draft an ordinance to allow ride-share companies. He said those discussions will likely begin in January.

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