While it feels like the national transportation network company Uber has made it to just about every city or town in the U.S., it’s a service that has still been lacking here in Rochester. But according to a report from earlier today, that could finally be changing, as the City Council has unanimously voted to begin drafting an ordinance that would at least allow the city to give the popular ride sharing service a chance.
Nationwide, hundreds of millions of people already have access to Uber and other similar ride sharing services, and until now, it’s a transportation option that people living in Rochester simply haven’t been able to utilize.
For local Rochester home owners who still aren’t familiar with Uber, the company essentially allows people to give customers rides using their own personal vehicle, similar to a taxi service, only anyone can sign up pending a fairly lengthy application and a background check. Most Uber drivers use it as a part-time job to make some extra money, and the company is famous for allowing drivers to work whenever they please.
While making Uber a permanent fixture in Rochester is still far from becoming a reality, this is certainly a huge step in the right direction. According to reports, the city council should be reviewing a proposed ordinance at their next meeting later this month.