Uber, Lyft may be available in Tompkins County by July 4

By Kelsey O’Connor
The Ithaca Voice

Photo from The Ithaca Voice
A screenshot from the Uber app showing rides available in a portion of New York City. Both Uber and Lyft have been operating downstate for some time.

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have been approved to come to Upstate New York at the end of June.

The state Senate and Assembly have now approved bills allowing ride-hailing applications to be available in Upstate New York on Thursday, June 29, slightly earlier than originally planned. The law was initially slated to go into effect July 9, but moving the date up allows the services to go into effect by July 4, which is considered one of the most dangerous days to drive.

The bill now just needs a signature from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been pushing for ride sharing services to expand upstate.

For more on this story, visit the Ithaca Voice website at ithacavoice.com/2017/05/uber-lyft-may-time-july-4.