For upstate residents, Thursday, June 29 marked the first day of operations for popular ridesharing services Lyft and Uber. For this particular (transplanted) upstate resident, it also marked a birthday and an opportunity to test my theory that the ridesharing services might usher in a new era of car-optional country living. (Spoiler alert — it won’t, at least not yet).
The driver in Kingston’s first official Uber pickup is a native Kingstonian who attended high school in Saugerties. A 2011 graduate of SUNY-New Paltz, he’s an adjunct professor there and also has his own film production business.
Hudson Valley residents will have a new option for getting around over the long holiday weekend.
App-based ride-hailing could be coming to upstate New York as soon as the July 4 weekend and at least one popular service says they plan to include the city in their statewide rollout.
Those looking for an alternative to local taxi service rejoiced this week when invites to a “launch party” by the popular ridesharing service Lyft showed up in their inboxes. But officials at the company say they need to gauge whether there’s enough interest in the service locally before they decide whether to launch in Kingston as part of a statewide rollout this summer.
Nothing’s for sure, but ride-sharing company might operate locally.
A Siena Poll found 77 percent of New Yorkers support lifting a long-standing ban on ridesharing services like Uber and
A bill to bring the ride-sharing services to Upstate New York is being held up because those companies won’t accept the level of liability insurance the state is requiring, argues Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.
Legislation currently making its way through the state Assembly and State Senate could clear the way for popular ride-sharing services