News Release: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat to welcome public to Community Forum on taxis, Uber and other private for hire transportation issues Feb. 26

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(Feb. 23, 2015) – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will join the public at a Community Forum for public input on taxi service and safety measures that could be required for new companies such as Uber and Lyft.

At the PDX Rides Community Forum, the public will have an opportunity to speak directly to the Private For-Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force. Commissioner Novick convened the task force to review and evaluate the services and regulations governing taxis and Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the Portland Building Auditorium, 1120 SW Fifth Ave., Second Floor. The public can also provide comments to the task force by email at and or phone: 503-823-5087.

Discussion will focus on issues relating to taxi service and the potential to add companies such as Uber and Lyft to the Portland market:

  • How’s taxi service in Portland?
  • What safety measures do we need for Uber, Lyft, taxis and other transportation companies?
  • What consumer protections do we need?

The task force, which has been meeting since January, is expected to present recommendations on transportation network companies in April. It will continue to meet through the summer to consider other changes to the Portland taxi market.

For more information on the innovation task force, see:


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