Uber Pushing to Expand to Upstate – Fingers Crossed
Across the country, people everywhere have been able to utilize ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft with ease. Well, people everywhere but um...here. So, do we need it?
Back in June a bill was defeated to allow the expansion, but that's not stopping Uber. They want in! And I honestly don't blame them because, well, I would like them here, too!
Here's a story for you, in case you've never utilized this app. When I was in Orlando, FL in March my friend that I was with was driving back to Albany and I would be flying back due to my work schedule. My friend had gotten up and left from the hotel and I decided to do some walking and shopping before heading to the airport. I did some research on how much a cab would be and it wasn't pretty. A couple minute cab rid in Orlando from the mall to the airport was going to cost me an estimated $50+! My friend had suggested I check out Uber and because it was a first time use, it ended up being FREE. If I had to pay it would've been less than $10! Do we see the difference?!
When I got my Uber cab, my friend was able to see who was picking me up - a picture of the driver as well as their vehicle and information, as well as following our trip until I was safe on my destination. It was my first and only time I've been able to use Uber and I would use it again in a heartbeat. It was an amazing experience and saved me a bunch of unnecessary spending.
So on Wednesday, Uber decided to launch a campaign to pass legislation online using the hashtag "#NYNeedsUber" in hopes of expanding in its 2017 session.
Uber stated in an email to it's employees:
"Albany dysfunction and New York City special interests stood in the way last year - but we're determined to fight until people like you have access to affordable, reliable transportation options."