PDXsignMany people associate Portland with bridges, beer, coffee, and food carts but the city should also be recognized for its decades of leadership in transportation innovation. From Portland Streetcar, MAX Light Rail and TriMet buses to buffered bicycle lanes and ample car-sharing options, Portland knows how to get folks around town efficiently.

For all of these reasons, the Rose City should be a no-brainer for Uber, a technology company that connects millions of citizens in 35 cities around the world with tens of thousands of licensed transportation providers. But there’s a reason our smartphone app is in almost every major U.S. city EXCEPT for Portland. Despite your passionate pleas for us to come here, outdated local regulations designed to protect the taxi industry make our presence impossible.

One such provision of Portland City Code that impedes quick, comfortable transportation is a 60-minute advanced reservation requirement for a non-taxi ride. That means if you request a towncar now and it arrives in 10 minutes, you must wait an additional 50 minutes before you are legally allowed to enter the vehicle! We don’t think that makes sense. Do you?

That’s why today, we’ll begin meeting with Portland business and community leaders as well as individual residents to explain how consumers benefit from more choices for safe, convenient, and reliable transportation and how our software has helped transportation providers and their drivers increase their earning potential. We’re here all week and we’d love to share a Full Sail ale or Stumptown coffee with you.

Protecting the taxi industry makes citizens and drivers worse-off and prohibits sedan companies and drivers from providing quality service at the best possible price. We’re truly excited about the future of transportation in Portland and we will keep you updated on the latest right here and on Twitter at @Uber_PDX! Join the conversation with #WeWantUberPDX and tell us why you want Uber in Portland!