Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo wrote a letter urging local delegates from the state legislature to allow ride-sharing services from Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber to operate in Monroe County, and Upstate New York Tuesday.
“Ride-sharing services provided by TNCs like Lyft and Uber have proven to be successful in many regions of the country,” Dinolfo stated. “After observing these successes, I believe there are several benefits that TNCs would provide the residents, families, and businesses in Monroe County. As the current legislative session comes to a close, I urge our state representatives to bring these bills to the floor, and adopt them as soon as possible.”
The issue has been a controversial one in Rochester over the past several months, after local taxi drivers protested the ride-sharing services coming to the area in April, while, at the same time, local leaders like Mayor Lovely Warren and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, endorsed the arrival of the potential new services.
The legislature will likely vote on the issue before the legislative session ends on Thursday, June 16.
Read Dinolfo’s full letter to state Sen. Rich Funke, R-Perinton, below.
Senator Rich Funke
Suite 230 Packets Landing
Fairport, NY 14450
June 14, 2016
Dear Senator Funke:
As Monroe County Executive, I would like to express my strong support for adopting bills A6090 and S4280 amending the New York State insurance law, vehicle and traffic law, general municipal law and transportation law as they relate to Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). Passage of this measure will allow ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber operate in Monroe County and Upstate New York.
Throughout our nation, many cities and surrounding regions, including New York City, have begun utilizing the ride-sharing services provided by TNCs such as Lyft and Uber. After observing the success that TNCs have had in these areas, I believe there are several benefits that TNCs would provide the residents and families here in Monroe County.
Economically speaking, TNCs provide flexible job opportunities for individuals who are vetted and approved as drivers. Drivers can work their own hours and use their own vehicles. Additionally, consumers are provided another means of accessible and affordable transportation. This not only allows for easier travel throughout the County for riders but connects our local businesses to a larger market of consumers.
There is also evidence that the use of the ride-sharing services provided by TNCs reduces DWI and DUI arrests and impaired driving. According to public data analyzed by Uber, since the company’s introduction to the city of Seattle, DUI arrests are down 10%. Given the option for a safe and affordable ride home, we see that many people will make the smart choice.
Lastly, by reducing the number of drivers and traffic congestion on our roads, TNCs help to curb air pollution and reduce the harm done to our environment. Monroe County has led the way in innovative approaches towards reducing our environmental footprint through initiatives like our Green Fleet. The introduction of TNCs will provide us with yet another opportunity to continue our mission to reduce the community’s overall environmental footprint.
On behalf of the residents of Monroe County, I thank you for your consideration and support in this important matter.
Monroe County Executive