The Salem City Council passed an ordinance at the May 8 City Council meeting that makes it easier for transportation network companies (TNCs), like Uber or Lyft, to operate in City limits. Because ordinances go into effect 30 days after Council approval, TNCs can apply for a license to operate in the City on June 7, 2017. Once a TNC receives its license, its network of drivers can begin working within City limits.
"Salem residents and visitors alike, have been asking for this for years," says Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. "Allowing rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft in Salem is a step toward addressing the need to provide different kinds of transportation in the City."
Transportation network companies, also known as ridesharing companies, use mobile apps or websites to connect people in need of transportation with drivers providing transportation. The changes which allow TNCs were made to Salem Revised Code Chapter 30, which governs vehicles-for-hire, such as taxis and other transportation options.