Before Portland agreed to let ridesourcing companies such as Uber and Lyft operate within city limits, it implemented a 120-day pilot program to evaluate the companies’ performance and help develop a permanent set of regulations. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issued permits allowing each company to legally operate within the city during the course of the pilot. To participate, companies had to pay a flat fee of $20,000 and meet several requirements, including data sharing and the provision of timely and equitable service to persons with disabilities. Each provider was required to adhere to a set of Equity and Inclusion Principles, which mandated that they:
Following the successful pilot, Portland’s city council voted to allow Uber and Lyft to operate permanently in Portland in December 2015.