Services such as Uber and Lyft will be allowed to arrive a bit earlier

Lyft app screenshots

Screenshots from the Lyft app. / images: Lyft

Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that pushes up the start date for allowing ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to start operating across the entire state. The new date: June 29.

The original legislation opening the way for these "transportation network" companies -- as the state officially refers to them -- had the start date 90 days after it was signed. That would have put the start after the Fourth of July. The updated legislation -- which was co-sponsored in the Assembly by Pat Fahy and John McDonald, and by Neil Breslin and George Amedore in the state Senate -- was intended to get the companies started before the holiday.

The rest of the details about ride sharing legislation are the same. Here's a quick recap of some of the details.

It'll be interesting to see which ride hailing companies start service here (and when). The two giants -- Uber and Lyft -- have been actively working the issue here for years. But there are other services around the country, so maybe some other players will also jump into the mix.

Comments

Prepare to be disappointed!

Herbert....it won't change our world. Ha ha but it can't be as disappointing as the current taxi service. I've used uber and lyft in a dozen cities in 3 countries, all have Thriving taxi industries years after uber and lyft became options.

The last third of this article slyly drops the most thought provoking and devastating political, ethical, and moral take down of the "gig economy" I have read:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/15/is-the-gig-economy-working

This one neatly sums up the coarse and scummy depravity of Uber:

http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/05/inside-uber-lawsuits-travis-kalanick.html

Prepare for personal auto insurance premiums to go up in NY- they're pushing this forward without the all of the insurance questions answered, most importantly who picks up first party medical coverage (when you're injured in a car accident in NY, medical coverage goes through the auto insurance, not your health insurance). Buuuut that's an unsexy detail that will never reflect poorly against the legislators pushing this through. So basically, the best kind of win you can get in politics!

I'm excited for this to finally happen. We'll be able to advocate for public transportation again without a bunch of whiners screaming "WHAT ABOUT OOOOBERRRRRRR????"

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