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Uber launches Corvallis service Wednesday

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Uber will officially launch service for the first time in Corvallis Wednesday at 11 a.m. The launch is possible because the Corvallis City Council Monday night unanimously passed new, for-hire regulations that permit the operation of Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft.

“We’re thrilled to be rolling out in Corvallis,” said Matt Neururer, territory 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.”

The company describes Uber as an app that connects people who need a reliable ride with people looking to earn money by providing transportation. Founded in 2009, the company operates in more than 500 cities and 70 countries around the world.

To celebrate the launch, Uber is offering discounts to new and existing riders in Corvallis. All riders will receive $5 off trips beginning in Corvallis, for up to five trips and a maximum $25 in discounts, through midnight on Monday, Oct. 2, when they use the promo code UberCorvallis.

“I welcome ridesharing to Corvallis as another form of convenient transportation for residents, visitors and of course OSU students," said Simon Brundage, president of the Associated Students of Oregon State University. Brundage advocated for the approval of rideshare regulations before the Corvallis City Council. "Students support another safe alternative for getting home."

The easiest way to find a reliable and convenient ride is to simply open the Uber app, the company said. 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/willamette-valley.

The company says Uber an easy way for people to make extra money and a convenient way to get around. They say it's 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 get behind the wheel."

The Uber operations team will host a ceremonial first ride with Corvallis Mayor Biff Tarber and ASOSU president Simon Brundage Wednesday at 11 a.m. in front of the Student Experience Center on the OSU Campus.

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