(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Officials from the Binghamton Senators and Binghamton Rumble Ponies today announced support for legislation allowing ridesharing services like Uber to operate in Upstate New York. The services are currently banned in New York State outside New York City, but new legislation is being considered by the New York State Legislature to allow ridesharing services in other regions of the state.
Team officials join a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, including Mayor Richard C. David, supporting the legislation. It would allow new transportation options to Binghamton’s baseball and hockey stadiums, which combined attract over 316,000 fans each year.
“Ridesharing would have a measurable impact on accessibility to our downtown arena and alleviate many parking challenges during hockey games and other events,” said Binghamton Senators Executive Vice President of Operations Tom Mitchell. “Ridesharing would also offer a convenient way to access games and promote reliable and responsible means of transportation afterwards.”
“We support any initiative that would expand access to safe and affordable transportation options to NYSEG Stadium from across the Southern Tier,” said Binghamton Rumble Ponies President John Hughes. “We hope Albany lawmakers take a hard look at the positive effects ridesharing will have on Binghamton and cities across Upstate New York and pass this critical legislation.”
"Binghamton should no longer be left behind the rest of the country and NYC," said Josh Mohrer, General Manager, Uber NY. "Ridesharing services like Uber would offer Rumble Ponies and Senators fans a safe and convenient way to get to and from sporting events. We urge the Legislature and the Governor to act now and make this a reality for Binghamton."
“Momentum is building in Albany to pass common sense ridesharing legislation,” said Binghamton Mayor Richard C. David. “We look forward to working with team officials to designate official ridesharing pick-up and drop-off locations around their stadiums and support efforts to enhance better transportation options for fans and visitors.”