Suffolk Seeks Vendors To Help Launch Uber-Like Service

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 28, 2020 - 2:15 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Suffolk County is planning a new Uber-like service for residents that would cost about the same as a bus ride.

County officials are looking to create a pilot “microtransit” program that would allow Long Islanders to order a ride through an app and would have multiple people share in one trip.

The program would launch in the Southampton area, but first the county needs vendors to help operate the program.

Officials are hoping to launch the pilot in July.

However, not everyone in Suffolk is thrilled to learn about the potential ridesharing experience.

The owner of one taxi service in Southampton tells Newsday he’s worried the program will take business away from his company.

He says he already has seen a dramatic decrease because of Uber and Lyft, and worries that a new, cheaper option will hurt the taxi industry even more.