MONTGOMERY (Jan. 11, 2018) — A statewide group of unified organizations today launched the Ride for Alabama coalition in support of Representative Faulkner and Senator Singleton’s statewide bipartisan ridesharing legislation — if passed, would allow ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber to operate across Alabama.
The launch event was held on the steps of the Alabama State House and included remarks from Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, bill sponsors Rep. David Faulkner and Sen. Bobby Singleton, as well as select Ride for Alabama coalition members. More than 30 local rideshare drivers were also in attendance.
“To embrace the future, Alabama must accommodate modern transportation demands. The ability to request an on-demand ride is no longer considered a perk of being in a big city, it is an expectation no matter where one lives or work,” said Gov. Ivey. Having consistent rules statewide for ridesharing is the sensible way to give Alabamians access to safe, consistent and efficient transportation options.”
“Alabama has the opportunity to make the best decision for the state’s future with regard to a statewide ridesharing framework, as the passage of this bill would provide citizens from one corner to the other with the opportunity for safe and reliable transportation,” said Rep. Faulkner.
“Ridesharing creates transportation options for those with low incomes, the elderly, and people with disabilities,” said Sen. Singleton. “By increasing overall transportation access for all of Alabama, we are also creating new economic opportunities for our state.”
Ride for Alabama is made up of multiple Chambers of Commerce and third-party entities, such as Birmingham Urban League, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Alabama Black Chamber of Commerce, Young Alabama and the Alabama Association for the Deaf, Inc., among others.
“Embracing innovative and forward-thinking technology platforms like Lyft and Uber will continue to move Alabama forward,” said Deon Gordon, Ride for Alabama coalition member and president, TechBirmingham. “The time has come for Alabama to become the 45th state to expand these vital transportation options to all.”
Currently, 44 states support comprehensive ridesharing legislation, including Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Ridesharing companies presently operate in larger Alabama cities, but by enacting statewide legislation, suburban and rural communities would too be privy to the many benefits the rideshare industry provides.
For more information on Ride for Alabama, please visit RideforAlabama.com or the coalition’s Facebook and Twitter pages.