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Birmingham City Councilors Send a Strong Message Concerning Ride Share Programs Such as Uber and Lyft: “We Want Them Here”

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                 Wednesday August 26, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – “Based on today’s conversation, we’re optimistic that the City Council is on a path towards bringing ridesharing to Birmingham.” That’s the statement from Uber officials following their meeting this evening with Birmingham City Councilors. Representatives from the ride share company came before the Committee of the Whole to present their request to operate in the City of Birmingham stating that a need for this type of service is needed as the city continues grow. Councilors agreed saying that they are looking forward to the reality of having this service as they prepare for large sporting events that are set to take place in the coming months that will bring huge crowds to our city.

“Birmingham definitely wants Uber in our city,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “We see the concerns right now as opportunities to update our Transportation Ordinance Code to fit our ever-growing city and the needs of both our residents and visitors.”

The city’s legal department has been asked to review several options in putting forth a viable ordinance that will promote a safe and reliable service to the citizens while creating jobs citywide. Councilor Marcus Lundy, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, challenged Uber’s Public Policy Manager, Trevor Theunissen, to be a responsible corporate citizen whose committed to diversity, while investing in our neighborhoods.

“Uber is committed to partnering with local organizations, churches, and various local events to offer promotional codes for riders,” said Mr. Theunissen. “Additionally we look forward to philanthropic engagement with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), and other charities with whom we can partner with as it relates to community involvement.”

Uber officials went on to add that their latest meeting with the Birmingham City Council demonstrates a positive path moving forward, and one that they are looking forward to seeing come full circle.

“It resonates today that the City Council wants Uber and we’re looking forward to bringing Uber here,” Mr. Theunissen said. “Birmingham is a city that’s on the move, and we want to be a part of the positive progression that the city is experiencing.”

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Officer Brittany Sharp at (205) 721–5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.