Lyft suspends service in Portland during city-mandated curfew

Jun 1 2020, 5:33 pm

Those out in the streets during protests for justice and reform in the wake of the George Floyd killing may face fines being out in public during the city-mandated curfew.

Making it harder to get around, rideshare service Lyft has suspended service during the curfew. For citizens in need of transportation to or from downtown Portland between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am, they will not be able to call for a Lyft.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in light of the imposed curfews … to ensure the safety of our community, Lyft suspended rideshare services in your area from 8 pm to 6 am on May 30 and 31,” Lyft told Daily Hive.

With Mayor Wheeler’s announcement this morning that Portland will once again be under curfew this evening, Lyft says to “keep an eye on your email and in-app notifications for further information.

Daily Hive asked Lyft for confirmation as to the possible suspension of service Monday but did not receive a reply by the time of publication.

“The recent acts of injustice against Black Americans — George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, and countless others — have created an inflection point in America,” writes Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer in a letter the company published on Monday.

“This is a call to action for each and every one of us to do better, to speak up, and to be part of the solution. It is now up to us at Lyft to become true allies and lead a company where our team feels empowered and supported to do the same.”

This comes on the same day that TriMet — Portland’s public transportation company — issued a statement saying that “MAX and bus lines may be disrupted and not serve stations and stops in Downtown Portland, after or before 8 pm.”

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