Uber will launch in Syracuse in July, Lyft hasn't decided on a time

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Uber will launch in Syracuse in July, a company spokesperson tells NewsChannel 9.

The date is announced now that the New York Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have agreed to allow ride-sharing in Upstate New York.

Lyft tells NewsChannel 9 it will launch in Syracuse "as soon as possible." A spokesperson says the company usually launches in different markets at different times, but wouldn't say if Buffalo, Rochester, Albany or Syracuse would be first. In Connecticut, the app launched state-wide all at once.

New York State's Department of Motor Vehicles will oversee ride-sharing platforms, including Uber and Lyft.

Before the apps launch in Upstate New York, the DMV has to establish formalized rules for the companies.

In the meantime, the companies will begin building infrastructures in Upstate New York Cities, like turning on the apps and hiring drivers.

Drivers need to go through background checks before being allowed to drive customers. Drivers need to be 19 years old, have a valid driver's license in New York, and not be a registered sex offender.

Uber says more than 10,000 Central New Yorkers have taken the first step to become drivers for the service. 

As Uber expects demand to grow in Syracuse, more drivers are always welcome. People interested in driving for Uber can sign up online.

Lyft is also actively recruiting drivers in Central New York and has a similar application process online. A spokesperson says the more people who sign up to drive, the shorter wait times will be for customers.

Uber and Lyft were already allowed to operate in New York City, but the companies fought the state for years to be allowed Upstate.


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