For decades, dozens of neighborhoods throughout Chicago have been without transportation options. From Austin to Englewood, hailing a cab is next to impossible.

Today that’s no longer the case. Thanks to ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, South and West Side residents can get a safe ride anywhere at the touch of a button. In the last six months alone, ridesharing companies provided 10 times more rides to and from Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods than taxis.

The rules that currently regulate services like Uber and Lyft, which have been in place for nearly three years, are working. These rules have:

  • Created economic opportunities for 30,000 Chicagoans
  • Allowed more than one million passengers to get safe, reliable rides
  • Generated more than $50 million in tax revenue for the city

This is why we believe the proposed new rules for ridesharing are a solution in search of a problem.

The new rules would require ridesharing drivers to jump through costly and time-consuming hoops without additional benefits for the community. These include hundreds of dollars in additional fees, eight different stops at various government offices, and one to six days in community college courses. This makes it harder for drivers to work with ridesharing apps and more expensive for riders to get around.

Aldermen, we need to remove barriers to jobs and transportation choices – not build new ones.

Why try to fix what’s not broken? We urge you to oppose the new rules and keep Chicago moving.



BBF Family Services

Beverly Area Planning Association

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce


CYC – Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center

Erie Neighborhood House

Hope Works Community Development

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Restaurant Association

Institute For Positive Living

La Villita Community Church

Little Village Chamber of Commerce

Safer Foundation

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

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