Ride-sharing in upstate New York is now available.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a measure that pushed the rollout date for ride-sharing upstate, from mid-July to late June. The state Legislature advanced the date in hopes of having the service in place before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Ride-sharing allows passengers to use their smartphones to summon drivers; the practice is legal in most of the United States, including New York City, and has been eagerly anticipated in upstate New York.
Lyft and Uber, two of the largest ride-sharing networks, have been preparing to enter the upstate market since the 2017-18 state budget was approved, and which contained a provision to legalize ride-sharing statewide. Officials with those companies said last week that they’ve got a network of drivers ready to go in the Capital Region and are encouraging would-be passengers to download the apps.
Hopefully, Columbia County will also benefit from the arrival of Uber and Lyft. Ride-sharing should do well in Hudson, but I wonder how easy it will be to get a driver to some of the more remote areas.
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