By Julian Whigham SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – It’s been two weeks since ride-sharing services were approved by Upstate New York and local residents are thrilled about the new tech companies in town. Through the app, users can request a ride from a number of drivers in the area and pay online with a credit card. The app also allows users to split pay and tip as well.
The convenience element has been long sought after — New York State being the last continental state in the U.S. without Lyft or Uber. The tech giants now offer local residents an attractive new alternative to the taxi cab.
Uber and Lyft prices are cutting cab fares in half. What once a $25 fare from South Campus to the mall is now just $12 with Uber. The new luxury not only provides convenience and competitive pricing but boasts economical advantages as well.
According to the Brookings Institute, due to increased transportation options for consumers and businesses, there is a likely chance for a significant increase in consumer welfare.
“It’s definitely more efficient.” said Vanessa Kelly, a resident rider. Citing affordability and convenience as major players in why Uber and Lyft are so much more appealing than taxi services.
“I was tired of cabs.” she said. “Too much of a wait. Too expensive.”