PITTSBURG — The Uber ride-sharing service is coming to Pittsburg, according to UBER Pittsburg Facebook page.
Uber allows drivers to use their daily cars and pick up passengers at their convenience. For passengers like Ali Noyes, of Pittsburg, Uber promotions make the fare a cheap way to get from point A to point B.
“I think it is really good, there is not a lot of public transportation in Pittsburg … I think it will catch on really quick in the college community,” Noyes said.
Noyes said she has used the service in Kansas City and Washington D.C. and is not scared of getting in an unmarked car.
“To me, it's not sketchy because it's all on an application and it's all recorded,” she said, adding a picture of the driver, license plate number and make and model car are all given.
City Manager Daron Hall said the city has not been contacted by the ride-sharing service, but if they do, the city “will have to look into it and see what’s legal and what’s not.”
The city has ordinances directed at taxicabs, but Uber is a new beast. The city could change ordinances to comply with Uber’s operations.
In May 2015, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed SB 101 into law, which reestablished Uber in the sunflower state.
“Glad to welcome @Uber back to Kansas. Proud to sign the bill to get Uber drivers back on the road,” Brownback said on Twitter.
Drivers are needed at the Pittsburg location, according to a Facebook post. Uber drivers must pass a background check and their car must meet a certain criteria.
As for the price, a ride across Pittsburg would cost $6 to $8 based on uber.com estimator. Pitt Taxi costs $7 to go anywhere in Pittsburg. No one at Pitt Taxi would comment on Uber coming to Pittsburg.
The Uber Pittsburg service could not be contacted for comment.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.