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Uber and Green Cab partnering up

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Uber and Green Cab will be joining forces in Portland, the companies announced Wednesday. 

The manager of Green Cab said he has worked 20 years for the clean taxi company but something needed to change.

"This is a win-win for all of us and Uber technology is here so we have to adapt to technology instead of fighting it," said Tesfaye Aleme, Green Cab manager.

Uber Oregon says the partnership is beneficial because Green Cab has so many options for users. One thing the company says they are excited about is the option of Taxi WAV, or taxis that are wheelchair accessible. Green Cab has more than 25 Taxi WAV cars ready for any Portlander's need.

"This is about more choices and more opportunities for riders," said Bryce Bennett, general manager for Uber Oregon. "I think the opportunity for them to request a taxi or Taxi WAV expands and enhances the experience for those that are in need of those vehicles but especially during peak times, during a Timbers match or during commuting hours it's especially beneficial to have more opportunities for riders."

Pricing will stay separate when it comes to the two companies. That means that if you request an Uber instead of a Green Cab or vice versa, the prices will be different. The manager of Green Cab says they do not plan on changing pricing to match Uber anytime soon. 

Uber Oregon said the team-up is nothing new, as other cities like Seattle and Chicago have also had taxi companies join forces with Uber. 

The new alliance starts Thursday.

You can now order your Green Cab just like how you would an Uber ride through a mobile device and pay on your own phone.

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