A debate is raging over Capital Region transportation options and many people are lobbying for better alternatives to the “deplorable” taxi service in the area. A popular ride-sharing service, Uber, has been named by bar and restaurant owners as a desirable option, but one question remains: if Uber came to the Capital Region, would you use it?
In a nutshell, Uber is a transportation option that uses smartphone apps to help people in need of a ride find drivers in the area who are using their own cars. Although many people in various cities have taken advantage of ride-sharing services, Uber and its competitors, like Lyft, have come under fire for issues ranging from licensing regulations to driver misconduct.
The Albany Business Review has reported that both Uber and Lyft are currently operating in New York City, but would require a change in state law to expand business upstate. A passionate group led by prominent bar and restaurant owners Matt Baumgartner (Bombers Burrito Bar) and Vic Christopher (Lucas Confectionery) is in the process of lobbying Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia, and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy to make that happen.
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