Uber to Launch Central Oregon Service May 4
An option for drivers and riders in Bend, Redmond and Sisters; 50% off all trips through Sunday; launch celebration open to public
Uber will officially launch service for the first time in Central Oregon tomorrow at 10 a.m. The launch is possible due to the passage of new, for-hire regulations that permit the operation of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) in the region.
“We’re thrilled to be rolling out in Central Oregon,” said Bryce Bennett, general manager for Uber in Oregon. “If people aren’t yet familiar with the app, I think they’ll find it reliable, convenient and easy to use. Essentially you push a button and get a ride.”
Uber is an app that connects people who need a reliable ride with people looking to earn money by providing transportation in their personal car. Founded in 2009, the company operates in more than 500 cities and 70 counties around the world.
To celebrate the launch, Uber is offering discounts to new and existing riders. All riders will receive 50% off trips for a maximum $20 discount through midnight Sunday. First time riders will also be able to receive $10 off their first ride by using the in-app promotional code “UBERBEND10.” That promotion is valid through July 15.
“I welcome ridesharing to Central Oregon as another form of convenient transportation for residents and visitors," said Betsy Littlefield, a communications project manager in Bend and volunteer with the Mt. Bachelor National Ski Patrol who has signed up to drive for Uber. "What makes it so attractive for me is that it provides a flexible opportunity to earn money on my own schedule."
The easiest way to find a reliable and convenient ride is to simply open the Uber app and see if there are cars available. The app can be downloaded for iOS and Android. For those interested in driving, directions on how to sign up can be found at t.uber.com/central-oregon.
Not only is Uber an easy way for people to make extra money and a convenient way to get around, it is also a safe, alternative form of transportation for people who should not be behind the wheel.
“Uber is another safe transportation option for people who have consumed too much alcohol or find themselves too impaired to drive,” said Janelle Lawrence, executive director for Oregon Impact, a nonprofit organization that holds educational events on impaired and distracted driving throughout the state. "I believe services like Uber help people make better decisions before they get behind the wheel."
Travelers and residents alike will benefit from the addition of Uber to the state.
"I am very excited that Uber will now be available in Redmond and the Central Oregon region to both residents and visitors," said Redmond Mayor George Endicott. "Ridesharing will also help our local economy by providing opportunities for people to earn extra money and granting better access to our local businesses."