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Office of the Chautauqua County Executive
Ride sharing services are now available in Chautauqua County. This long awaited service is a great solution for visitors to the area who do not have a vehicle with them, or who would rather not drive at certain times.
“Ride sharing is a welcoming addition to Chautauqua County and it is just in time for our busy visitor season,” said Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan.
At least one service is already available through Uber. To utilize the service, individuals simply go to the Google Play Store or Apple Store using a smartphone and search for the Uber App. Then download the app and supply the required permissions and financial information. Once the app is installed and working, users can type in their desired destination in Chautauqua County. The app works best if the user turns on their smartphone location information. Uber will link the user with options for a driver and an estimated pick up time. All the arrangements and the financial transaction take place through the user’s smartphone, via the Uber app. In the future other ride sharing services such as Lyft are projected to be available in Chautauqua County.
“This is a fantastic service for area attractions, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and lodging properties to let their customers know about,” said Andrew Nixon, Executive Director of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau. “It provides a convenient and affordable alternative to driving when necessary.”
“Ride sharing services increase the number of transportation options available to both residents and visitors as well as create new job opportunities in the region,” said Todd Tranum, President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.
There is also the opportunity for area residents and business people to become Uber drivers. Since this service is just beginning in Chautauqua County, there is plenty of need for drivers. The app provides instructions on how to become a driver, or interested persons can go to Uber.com.