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Getting food delivered from local eateries is now as easy as hailing a ride.

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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Vincent LoVallo is an Uber driver. Yes, it is the same Vincent LoVallo who used to be Buffalo’s streets commissioner, mayoral chief of staff and City councilmember. He said ride-hailing coming to Buffalo is similar to when food trucks first came to the area.

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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.

NFTA

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.

Elected officials are demanding more information on the ride sharing agreements between Lyft, Uber and the NFTA.

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Hours after announcing it would add a $3.50 fee for ride-hailing services to and from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced it had reached agreements with ride-hailing providers Uber and Lyft, including one that reduces the previously-announced fee.

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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.

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Lyft says it has already recruited thousands of potential drivers ahead of its upstate New York launch later this month.

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.

It's official: ride-hailing arrives Upstate 6/29

Jun 6, 2017

Upstate New York, your Uber is arriving.

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.

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.


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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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Ride-hailing services are expected to be up and running across the region in about 90 days, according to State Senator Tim Kennedy.

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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.

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Uber and the NAACP issued a joint report Monday that calls on state lawmakers to approve ride-hailing service - or ride-sharing - across Upstate.

After less than a year as president of Uber, Jeff Jones is leaving the embattled ride-hailing company, Uber confirms.

"We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best," an Uber spokesperson says in a statement.

Jones, previously Target's chief marketing officer, was brought on by CEO Travis Kalanick last fall to boost Uber's reputation.

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.


There's a push underway for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft in upstate New York.

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.

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At least one person in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts did not agree Monday when Governor Cuomo's State of the State message included a full-throated pitch for ridesharing, like Uber and Lyft.  Todd Vaarwerk, director of advocacy and public policy for the Western New York Independent Living Center, does not agree with the pitch, saying ridesharing companies do not allow access for people like him, the state's disabled community.


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. 


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