June 22, 2017

Tompkins County considers Uber options



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After a campaign several years long to bring ride-sharing services to upstate New York, Uber and Lyft will finally be allowed to operate in counties throughout the state as soon as early July.

Any county or municipality with a population of at least 100,000 residents, which includes Tompkins County, will be able to decide whether to accept state provisions or to opt out of allowing Uber to operate in their jurisdiction.

The Tompkins County Transportation Committee had a short discussion about Uber on Monday. Legislators said they want to weigh the popularity of ride-sharing services with the opinions of taxi cab companies, and to decide what would constitute fair regulations in order to make decisions that are safe for residents.

However, Transportation Chair Mike Lane said the county is still on the learning curve to understanding how Uber would operate within the county. He said counties […]

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