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PUBLIC INPUT: Ridesharing

-----Original Message-----
From: City Manager
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2017 2:37 PM
To: Holzworth, Carla <Carla.Holzworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Public Input Submission
Time to take the survey : 18 min. , 12 sec.
Submission recorded on : 8/24/2017 2:36:43 PM
NAME:  Lisa Brownfield, 169 Starlight Crest Drive La Canada Flintridge CA 91011
TOPIC:   Ridesharing
MEETING DATE:  8/24/2017
Dear Mayor and Councilpersons,
I encourage the City Council to direct staff to amend Corvallis'  taxi regulations in the Corvallis Municipal Code to allow ridesharing/transportation network companies (Uber, Lyft, and similar services) to operate in Corvallis.
Corvallis is a very walkable/bikeable community, however, there are times when a ridesharing program would be a benefit to local residents.  My OSU student does not have a car; she is dependent on her bicycle and local transit.  Last winter quarter, my daughter had an unpaid internship with the local women's shelter; it required her to work from 6:30 - 11:00 pm.  She rode her bike to/from the shelter's location in cold/inclement weather three nights per week.  She investigated using taxis; however, none would commit to a late night pick up, even if it was regularly scheduled.  Meanwhile, one of her neighbors is a regular Lyft driver (he drives in another city) who would have agreed to driving her if ridesharing was an option in Corvallis.
Since that time, I have spoken to a number of other OSU parents who would like their students to have the opportunity to use a rideshare program to get to their jobs/internships, as well as destinations outside of Corvallis.
Please support ridesharing in Corvallis.  Thank  you
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