State Assembly okays bill to make start date for ridesharing June 29

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A push to bring ridesharing services to Upstate and Western New York before July 4 has gotten one step closer.

The New York State Assembly approved a bill Wednesday to change the starting date for ridesharing services to June 29, ten days earlier than the anticipated start date of June 9.

A sister bill has already been passed in State Senate. The measure now only needs to be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be passed into law.

A provision for allowing ridesharing state-wide was included in the 2017-2018 state budget.

“Legislators in both houses came together to correct the enacting date so that more New Yorkers could use ride-sharing over the Fourth of July holiday,” Assemblyman Michael Norris (R, I-Lockport) said in a statement, adding that having ridesharing available for the holiday “not only increases transportation options for the public, but also [will] help to curb drunk driving, ease traffic and parking congestion at community events and support local businesses.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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