December 6, 2016

Ride-Sharing Service Uber To Launch In Evansville

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Uber says it will onboard local, Evansville drivers over the next few weeks. - Jason Tester via Flickr

Uber says it will onboard local, Evansville drivers over the next few weeks.

Jason Tester via Flickr

Uber is expanding to Evansville. As the ride-sharing company has increased its services, not all Hoosier cities have been on board. However, the city of Evansville appears to be embracing it.

Before Uber expanded services to the college-town of Bloomington, there was push-back from the city and local taxi services. Some even questioned the legality of the ride-sharing service.

Ella Johnson-Watson, director of communications for the Evansville mayor's office, says the city not only seems to be embracing Uber, but Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has heard people saying, "it's about time."

"Hardly a week had gone by that he didn't hear from someone, particularly millennials, asking when Uber was coming to our market," Johnson-Watson says.

In a statement, Mayor Winnecke welcomed the company to the city.

"In cities around the world ride-sharing has expanded flexible working opportunities for residents,” Winnecke says. “We would like to welcome Uber to Evansville and look forward to the benefits Uber can bring to our community."

The service will launch in Evansville in early 2017. The company will on-board local drivers over the next few weeks.

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