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NY Senate approves law allowing Uber, Lyft to expand upstate

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are one step closer to driving into Upstate New York.

A bill that would allow the services to expand out the New York City area was approved in the state senate on Monday in Albany. “Our friends and neighbors in the city of New York have access to ride-sharing services, but those of is upstate where we have very unique transportation needs do not have that same access to ride sharing. This legislation closes that loophole,” Sen. Timothy Kennedy, a Democrat for District 63, said.

Currently, Uber and Lyft are banned from operation outside the New York City area and previous attempts to allow expansion have been blocked, in part, because of backlash from the taxi cab industry.

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