What you need to know before using Uber/Lyft

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - At midnight on Thursday, ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft will finally be operational in Upstate New York.

Ridesharing was introduced in the state budget in the beginning of the year, and state lawmakers fought to push up the launch date of ridesharing from early July to late June.

Using the service is fairly simple.

Open up the app on your phone, with your location turned on, and enter your destination.

Both Uber and Lyft allow you to select the type of vehicle you want, like a car or SUV, and select the number of seats you need.

The cost of the ride is listed upfront. Law does not regulate the prices a rider can be charged.

You can then request your driver.

A TNC (Transportation Network Company) app must display a photo of the driver that will pick you up, as well as the make, model, color and the license plate number of the vehicle picking you up.

Uber/Lyft vehicles will have a prominent emblem on the passenger side of the front windshield to clearly mark the car as a TNC vehicle.

As of right now, Lyft has an agreement with the Syracuse Hancock Airport. There will be a designated area just to the end of Terminal B where you can get picked up and dropped off.

The airport has not reached an agreement with Uber yet, so you will only be able to use Lyft for rides to and from the airport.

The DMV has compiled a list of frequently asked questions on ridesharing. Click here to view them. 

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