We continued our tour of New York State this week with a stop in Syracuse, where more than 200 residents came to learn about the economic benefits of driving with Uber.
People from across the city also came to hear us present our Syracuse Economic Impact Report alongside Mayor Stephanie Miner; Assemblyman Al Stirpe; Ryan McMahon, Chair of the Onondaga County Legislature ; Walt Dixie, Founder and President of the Alliance Network; and Syracuse University Student Association President Aysha A. Seedat.
State Senator David Valesky also echoed the support of these leaders:
“Ridesharing responds to unmet market demands by supplying accessible and affordable transportation options to underserved areas. Companies that provide ridesharing services help to meet that demand by providing economic opportunities and creating jobs.”
The report we presented outlines the potential our service has to bring over 700 jobs to the Syracuse area in just one year of operating.
In conjunction with the presentation we held a Job Fair where more than 200 New Yorkers came to the fair to learn and ask questions about driving with Uber. From retired businessmen to spouses looking to add to their household income all attendees had one thing in common: an interest in earning money.
Attendees were excited to hear whether Uber would be available for them to drive in the area. One man, a recent retiree and U.S. Air Force and Navy veteran was excited at the prospect of driving on our platform to boost his income. Matt, pictured below, wanted to go back to his coworkers to tell them about signing the petition to bring our service to the state of New York and about the opportunities to earn extra money he learned about.
The demand for Uber rides in the city is already here: over 5,000 people in Syracuse open the app each month looking for a ride. If allowed access to the service, we project riders would complete more than 60,000 trips each month during the city’s peak season—during the academic year.
With over 21,000 enrolled students at Syracuse University to serve, Uber can help enable more students with a safe, reliable ride at times when they need it most.
Many of these trips could be safe rides for college students. Aysha Seedat, President of Syracuse University’s Student Association, spoke on behalf of her peers, stating that “the fact of the matter is that the city of Syracuse does not have enough transportation resources available to students.”
She and the students at Syracuse University have taken the matter into their own hands and started a petition to bring Uber to the area.
An independent study from Temple University found that cities where we operate have 3.6-5.6% fewer drunk driving deaths than cities without access to ridesharing.
We hope to bring these benefits to Syracuse, while offering new jobs to the residents here.
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