Ride-sharing apps are transportation innovation

Mary Cooper- University student

I was very pleased to see the Minnesota Daily’s April 22 editorial, “Find a place for ride-share apps,” which was supportive of peer-to-peer ride-sharing and the Minneapolis City Council’s need to act.

I’m a regular Lyft user. Mobile-based ridesharing platforms like Lyft and UberX are not like traditional taxis. They connect riders to other members of their community who want to provide transportation. It’s fun, affordable and safe, but current Minneapolis regulations technically don’t allow them to operate, so creating new and fair regulations that change this — while keeping competition fair and passengers safe — is necessary for innovative urban transportation.