The state budget includes a measure to legalize the ride-hailing services outside New York City, Joseph Spector / Albany Bureau Chief
ALBANY – Ride-hailing services will soon be coming to upstate and suburban New York.
Companies like Uber and Lyft will be able to begin expanding statewide in early July under the $153 billion state budget agreement struck late Friday , with final approval expected Sunday night.
The companies, which allow riders to summon a ride through a smartphone app, lobbied hard for statewide regulations and insurance-law changes that will make it easier for them to move in to cities like Rochester, Buffalo, Yonkers and beyond.
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So how soon will you be able to hail a ride?Here’s what you need to know: When is ride-hailing coming? The earliest possible date is July 8.Why? The ride-hailing measure tucked into a state budget bill will take effect 90 days after it’s approved.The Assembly passed the bill Saturday afternoon; The Senate will vote Sunday night. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign it soon after.But … It may depend where you live Uber and Lyft both say they are currently determining their New York expansion […]