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Uber arrives at airport

Two months after ridesharing’s official welcome in Rochester, Uber Technologies Inc. has joined Lyft Inc. at the Greater Rochester International Airport.

“We are thrilled to offer another rideshare transportation option for ROC passengers,” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said in a statement Monday. “Ridesharing companies like Uber present great economic benefits to the communities they serve. From curbside to cabin we are creating a better passenger experience at ROC and we are happy to be able to offer this option for our passengers and employees.”

The Federal Aviation Administration allows the airport to collect revenues for services operating on airport property, such as livery service and parking, because no tax dollars are used to run the airport.

New York’s ridesharing legislation essentially allows upstate airports to charge transportation network companies, as ridesharing services are called, to use their property to conduct business. Although the airport had reached an agreement with Lyft to operate there immediately, negotiations with Uber were not complete until recently.

“Thank you to the Greater Rochester International Airport for working with us to reach an agreement that allows Uber to provide riders in Rochester with access to an affordable and convenient way to begin and end their travels,” Uber spokesperson Alix Anfang said.

In a June interview, Jaime Raczka, Lyft regional director of new markets, said while the airport fees differ from region to region, in Rochester, passengers who use the ride-hailing service will pay $2 for each pickup or drop-off they hire, in addition to the cost of the service.

Dinolfo did not disclose in her statement what Uber’s charge would be. Rochester’s airport serves 2.4 million passengers annually.

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