The wait is over - ride sharing services will finally begin in Upstate New York this week. reports Lyft and Uber will officially start operating in this part of the state at 12:01 am on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo signed a measure that advanced the date forward from mid-July to the end of this month because state lawmakers wanted the service in place before the July 4th holiday.

According to,  since the 2017-2018 state budget was approved in the spring, Lyft and Uber have been readying themselves to enter the upstate NY market. Both companies have drivers set to go in the Albany and Capital District region. Uber says about 10,000 people have signed up to drive for them in the Syracuse area.

If you're looking to drive for Uber you can fill out an application at this link -
Lyft applications are accepted here -

If you plan on using the ride sharing services, you can download their apps now, but cannot request a ride until Thursday.

The ride sharing apps are available for both iPhone and Android devices.



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