It's been a long hard struggle, but it seems as though we're in the final stretch of getting ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft here in the Capital Region.


It has definitely been a long uphill battle to be able to have ridsharing services available to Upstate New Yorker's even though services like Uber and Lyft have been available in New York City for quite some time.

It took an entire extra week to pass the 2017-18 New York State budget but it seems it was well worth the wait because as result New Yorker's will now benefit from a few different changes and added programs. One of them is allowing ridesharing services to operate outside of New York City. Now as with implementing any new system it's going to take a minute to get up and running as of right now it's looking like it should take about 90 days.

Which is super exciting to me because living in the city of Albany I find myself not even leaving the city on the weekends if I don't have to especially if I have managed to score a good parking spot near my house.  If i can hit up Uber or Lyft and get a ride in a timely fashion and a more affordable rate I would definitely be more inclined to venture around the Capital Region.

There is a bit of catch, according to the Daily Gazette:

Individual counties can opt to block ride-hailing services from expanding in their jurisdiction, but leaders in Schenectady, Saratoga and Albany counties have publicly expressed support for the technology.

As of now it looks like most of the Capital Region is on board so we should be good to go. What do you think are you excited for ridesharing services to be available in the Capital Region?