New Poll Shows Three Quarters of New Yorkers Support Bringing Ridesharing Services to the Entire State
OLSEN: “Albany must listen to the voices echoing from throughout the state that demand ridesharing and pass legislation that allows transportation network companies to operate in New York.”
ALBANY, NY – The Siena poll released today shows that 76 percent of New Yorkers support allowing ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate in every part of the State. This includes 88 percent of New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 34. To view the poll, click here.
“People from all over New York State deserve greater choice and expanded opportunities in transportation, not just those living in New York City,” said John Olsen, executive director of the Internet Association’s new Albany office. “Albany must listen to the voices echoing from throughout the state that demand ridesharing and pass legislation that allows transportation network companies to operate in New York. The internet economy provides middle class New Yorkers the opportunity to participate in new economic opportunities. Our leaders in Albany should help rebuild the middle class in struggling New York markets by allowing these services to operate.”
Earlier this month, Olsen testified before the State Legislature on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow ride sharing companies to operate upstate. IA applauded Governor Cuomo’s efforts to bring more transportation choices to all of New York, but urged lawmakers to reduce the proposed 7.5 percent fee attached to fares for riders outside of New York City – one of the highest assessments applied to transportation network companies in the nation.