ride-hailing

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One-year pilot agreements with two ride-hailing services, allowing them to offer rides to and from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, are set to expire next week. Talks are underway to extend the opportunity for passengers to hail cars provided by Uber or Lyft.


Chris Caya WBFO News

A local cab company is not yielding to the new kids on the block, Uber and Lyft, without a fight. Liberty Yellow Cab is turning to technology to stay competitive with the ride-hailing companies. 

Could ride-hailing help boost public transit?

Oct 18, 2017

While ride-hailing is still a relatively new phenomenon in Western New York, it’s already changing the way many people get around the region.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Western New York is already a well-known hub for craft brewing, distilleries, and bars, but how people are getting to their favorite watering holes is changing thanks to a partnership with ride-hailing.


Uber has appointed Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to be its new chief executive, a source familiar with the ride-sharing company tells NPR.

Khosrowshahi has been at the travel company Expedia for more than a decade, reports NPR's Aarti Shahani. He steps into the role at a tumultuous time, as Uber seeks to fill a leadership vacuum. Co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned under pressure in June, though he remains on the company's board.

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Labatt USA is celebrating its tenth anniversary of being headquartered in Buffalo. In honor of the milestone, Mayor Byron Brown declared July 12, 2017 Labatt Blue Day and declared this weekend Labatt Blue Weekend.

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It has been just over two weeks since ride-hailing services have been permitted outside New York City and Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is pleased so far.

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The arrival of ride-hailing is apparently upsetting the airport finances of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and potentially upsetting finances of the overall authority.

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As ride-hailing made its long-awaited regional debut, local residents offered varying opinions on how the new mode of transportation will impact the riding public and the economy.

As ride-hailing prepares to make its local debut Thursday, Erie County’s top prosecutor said he’s confident the service will help reduce drunken driving.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

With ride-hailing slated to start in a week, Lyft was in the Employment and Training Center Tuesday interviewing potential drivers.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Uber is ramping up operations ahead of the June 29 launch of ride-hailing across Upstate New York.

Ride-hailing firm Uber has fired about 20 of its employees, including some senior executives, after an investigation into more than 200 sexual harassment and other workplace-misconduct claims.

The company is not commenting on the findings of the report from Perkins Coie, which was hired after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler last year alleged that she was sexually harassed, and her complaints disregarded by the company's human resources department.

Uber told The Wall Street Journal this week that it lost more than $700 million in the first quarter, even though the company’s revenue was up nearly 20 percent compared to the previous quarter.

The company also fired a star engineer accused in a lawsuit of stealing self-driving secrets from Google. Uber also said this week that its head of finance is leaving the company.

New York lawmakers have voted to let Uber and Lyft begin picking up passengers in upstate New York a little early.

Upstate ride-hailing moves closer to July 1 launch

May 18, 2017
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Buffalo, Upstate New York and Long Island are closer to welcoming ride-hailing on July 1. A bill accelerating the legal start date for services including Uber and Lyft passed the State Senate on Wednesday.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A local state senator is sponsoring legislation that would allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to begin service in the Buffalo area, and other cities outside of New York City, sooner than legally allowed. Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has now picked up a key ally in the Assembly.


Nick Lippa

Erie County legislators want the start of ride-hailing moved up, to make for a better and safer Fourth of July.

It's easy enough for people who live in cities to hail a ride, either from a taxi or a service like Uber or Lyft. There's plenty of demand, and plenty of drivers. A startup is trying to bring a similar service to rural America, but it has required some creative thinking.

The town of Van Wert sits on the western edge of Ohio. It's a stretch of flat farm country punctuated with grain silos and a stone castle that's listed as the nation's first county public library.

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The new state budget includes provisions for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to expand into upstate New York as of this summer.

A new Uber ad specifically calls attention to Buffalo's lack of ride-hailing services for this week's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Not everyone in Buffalo is ready to welcome Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies just yet. Speakers gathered outside the offices of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership to explain why they want state leaders to wait.


With a prize of $5,000 on the line, organizers of the UberPITCH contest are seeking entrepreneurs who are ready to present their startup ideas today. Co-sponsors 43North and Uber NY teamed up for the contest to bring "innovation and creativity to the Western New York community," said John Gavigan, Executive Director of 43North.

Chris Caya / WBFO News

Ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional State of the State Address in Buffalo Monday, there is a new push to make ridesharing a priority this session. A diverse group turned out at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Thursday to voice their support. 


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Backed by $100,000 provided by the Erie County Legislature, Visit Buffalo Niagara will create a campaign that aims to convince Albany lawmakers to approve app-based ride hailing throughout Upstate New York in 2017.

Police chiefs tell Cuomo: make ride-hailing available

Dec 5, 2016
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The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, which is currently led by a Buffalo-area law enforcer, is joining the chorus of those who want New York State to allow ride-hailing beyond New York City.


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A Buffalo Common Council Member's proposed changes, designed to make it easier for ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber to eventually open in the city, has a fellow lawmaker urging peers to put up a roadblock.


Omar Fetouh, WBFO News

Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are currently not permitted to do business in Upstate New York cities including Buffalo. But believing that Albany will one day change that, Buffalo Common Councilmember Joseph Golombek is proposing changes to city ordinances that would make it smoother for such companies to open in the city.


WBFO's Omar Fetouh / WBFO News

Ride-hailing has been touted as a mechanism for job creation, a way to lessen drunk driving, and a key to improving transportation in areas where it is otherwise lacking. On Tuesday morning, a group of advocates joined forces to urge Albany lawmakers to decide on legislation that would bring ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to cities across Upstate New York.