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Uber and Lyft now able to operate in Corvallis

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a customer in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Corvallis City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve a new ordinance to the Municipal Code, paving the way for ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the city.

The ordinance repealed the City's old rules governing taxi cabs, which dated back to the 1980's, and enacted an updated policy more specific for ridesharing services.

The decision allows ridesharing companies to begin operating in Corvallis immediately.

It coincides with the start of the fall term at Oregon State University, and many students are advocating in favor of allowing ridesharing services in Corvallis.

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