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Residents speak out in support of bringing Uber to Quincy

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Cars travel down Broadway Street in Quincy. Cars travel down Broadway Street in Quincy.
Jed's Brewhouse manager Tara Beaston talks with a customer. Jed's Brewhouse manager Tara Beaston talks with a customer.
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Spring Street Bar bartender Brittany Boll talks with a customer. Spring Street Bar bartender Brittany Boll talks with a customer.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If you need a ride in Quincy, you know it can be hard to find. Monday residents spoke out in support of bringing the ride-sharing app Uber to the Gem City. 

Working at a bar, You see a lot of people come in and out of the doors.

"There are nights it's so busy that we can't keep our eyes on everyone," Brittany Boll, bartender at Spring Street Bar, said.

The same is true just a few blocks away.

"We can be packed to the gills and with one bartender we're running our butts off," Jed's Brewhouse manager Tara Beaston

When the night ends, not everyone has a safe ride home. 

"The cab service stops running at midnight," Beaston explained. "So they have no other option other than trying to find another ride home or unfortunately some people choose to drive when they shouldn't." 

Boll feels Uber would be great for Quincy in more ways than one. 

"Uber is not about drinking," Boll explained. "It's about getting someone from point a to point b. This is not going to encourage people to drink. If anything, this is going to give them the safe opportunity to drink."

While council tabled the measure for a week, Mayor Kyle Moore believes there's much more to be done to attract a ride-sharing business.

"We have to have drivers," Moore said. "We have to have Uber willing to come here and make a profit."

Boll knows there's a demand for Uber because customers talk about it.

"Pretty much all the time and people from out of town can't believe we don't have Uber," Boll added.

Beaston, who uses Uber when traveling out of town, says it's not hard to use either.

"They pick you up," Beaston said. "They take you where you want to go. It's so easy. It's safe, great and you don't need to worry about people driving impaired."

Council is set to vote on the matter next week. It's important to remember this is just one step to bring Uber to Quincy. The other is by having residents download the app and request a ride in Quincy.

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