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Taking Uber to the Game on Thursday?

Uber is once again making a point to let Buffalonians know what they are missing out on by not having the ride sharing service in their city. At this point, it’s impossible to take a limo, as they are all booked. The busses are all booked too, from what we can tell. The ride service options have dwindled, and there is no ride sharing in Buffalo. That leaves driving to the game yourself (with friends), or calling a cab. Yes, it’s nice to have the cab option in Buffalo, but wouldn’t it be better to have more options?

Buffalo is the only city in America with an NFL team but without access to Uber.

All other NFL cities have access to Uber, but not Buffalo. Even Bills players Jerry Hughes and Zach Brown called upon Uber when they missed the team bus to Sunday’s game in Baltimore. It’s frustrating to think that this city does not have the modern day conveniences that other cities rely upon.

In order to continue pressuring the city and Albany to step up to the plate and deliver Uber ride sharing to Buffalo, Uber has made an offer to Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula. The ride sharing company has stated that it will “provide a season of free rides to and from home games to Bills players and staff as soon as Albany passes ridesharing in New York State.”

Following is the letter that Josh Mohrer, GM at Uber NYC, sent to Pegula:

Dear Terrence Pegula,

We saw that Jerry Hughes and Zach Brown were recently saved by an Uber in Baltimore after they missed the team bus going to M&T Bank Stadium. We’re glad they were able to rely on Uber when they needed a ride. But, If it had been a home game, Hughes and Brown would have been left stranded because Buffalo is the only NFL city in America that doesn’t have access to Uber. 

New York State is the final frontier for ridesharing. Uber can help Bills players and fans get to and from games in every city they play in—except when they’re playing at home. 

Albany failed to pass a bill allowing ridesharing services to operate this year so it’s too late for Uber to be there for the Bills home games during the 2016 season. However, we don’t want Buffalo to get left behind the rest of the country again. So, if Albany passes a comprehensive ridesharing law in the 2017 legislative session, we will celebrate Buffalo’s first Uber season by giving Bills players and staff free Uber rides to and from New Era Field for all home games. That way, anytime a Bills player misses the team bus, Uber will have them covered. 

We look forward to helping the Bills and fans get to and from the field as soon as the Governor and the Legislature finally allow Buffalo to join every other NFL city in welcoming Uber.  

Sincerely, Josh Mohrer 

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