First Capital Region ride sharing drivers and customers on the move

June 29, 2017 06:51 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Eric Van Hall showed up in his Volkswagen Golf to give a NewsChannel 13 reporter and photographer a ride to an assignment in Saratoga Springs. He came from Malta where he's an IT consultant.

"You're my fourth fare of the day," says Van Hall as he greets us with a smile.

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After using a smartphone to request a ride, we tracked the car in real time, using the Uber app.

It took 15 minutes to arrive, to take us on a five-minute trip. It cost us $7.

Also a musician, Van Hall says he's playing it by ear to see if he might make Uber full-time pursuit.

"I have a very nice life, but I got to keep it that way, right? And I like to drive."

Same for Martha Dedrick of Loudonville who beginning this morning, drives her 2016 Chevy Trax for Uber and Lyft.

"I'd like to attempt to make it a full-time pursuit. So, we'll see," Dedrick said.

Saratoga-area business and elected leaders have been pushing for ride sharing for a long time, saying it'll give visitors options to get to and from SPAC, the track, and downtown bars and restaurants.

But Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, who took Uber from Round Lake to her Saratoga Springs office Thursday morning, says in areas without public transportation, ride sharing can be a lifesaver.

"Imagine that you are someone in Salem or Argyle and you need to get to Glens Falls Hospital for a medical appointment and you don't have a car or your car broke down and you can't get a ride," she said.  "This is a great opportunity for someone in those communities who has a car and wants to earn a little bit of extra money."


Mark Mulholland

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