Tentative partnership between Uber & Buffalo venues

Posted at 8:18 AM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 08:18:29-05

Ridesharing may not be legal yet in Western New York, but that's not stopping the region for getting ready for it.

On Wednesday, Uber announced it is working with New Era Field and the KeyBank Center to lay the groundwork for a partnership to begin once lawmakers legalize ridesharing.

Uber says all parties recognized the need to provide more ride options to fans since public transit options to both venues are limited.  A press release states the partnership will help ease the trouble of getting to and from sporting events and concerts, and also alleviate the traffic congestion in the areas around the venues.

Terry and Kim Pegula, co-owners of both the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills, say they look forward to working with Uber to push lawmakers to legalize ridesharing throughout New York State.

"Buffalo's sports fans are the best in the country, yet they're some of the last in the country who can't touch a button and get a ride in minutes," said Kim Pegula, co-owner of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.

"The voices of both Buffalo residents and visitors who are demanding Uber deserve to be heard by Albany leaders. If allowed to operate in Buffalo, we'll work together to bring the magic of Uber to New Era Field and KeyBank Center," Pegula said.