Rochester Chamber Participates in Ridesharing Roundtable

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy participated in a panel discussion on ridesharing and 21st Century urban planning strategies along with other business, government, and community leaders.  Rochester Chamber member Uber and the City of Rochester Department of Neighborhood and Business Development hosted the event at City Hall.  Topics discussed at the roundtable included issues such as reduced parking infrastructure, urban residential incentives, public safety impact, traffic congestion mitigation, and air quality improvement. 

Duffy said, “Ridesharing technology is about convenience, affordability, safety, and jobs.  The business community benefits from reliable customer and employee transportation that increases access throughout the region. In combination with our other transit services, ridesharing will enhance our region’s economic future by providing flexible job opportunities and more transportation options for travelers. Public safety should also improve through decreased drunk driving.  Rochester Chamber is excited to welcome chamber members Uber and Lyft to our region.” 

The New York State legislature approved ridesharing in upstate communities in this year’s state budget.  A second effort in the legislature accelerated the timeline, allowing service providers to start operations in time for the Independence Day holiday.

Uber New York Senior Policy Manager Josh Gold said, “Ridesharing will bring safer, reliable transportation options for Rochester riders and flexible economic opportunities for Rochester drivers. We can’t wait to give New Yorkers what they have been clamoring for this summer!”

Visit Rochester President and CEO Don Jeffries said, “There’s no question that ridesharing services like Uber are one of a visitor’s top expectations for a community. One of the things that most excites us about ridesharing is the potential to connect visitors in Rochester to parts of the community that have traditionally been less accessible without a car. This includes the Port of Rochester and Lake Ontario beachfront, suburban centers, and other entertainment destinations including wineries and breweries.”

Following the roundtable, about 250 people interested in learning more about driving with Uber attended a job fair at City Hall.  Uber reports that more than 4,000 drivers in the Rochester region have signed up, submitted documentation, and agreed to background screening.