POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - The ridesharing company Uber announced it will begin operating in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Following the passage of a statewide ridesharing regulation earlier in 2017, Uber has launched operations in multiple cities across Missouri.
"I'm thrilled today to welcome Uber to my hometown of Poplar Bluff and other cities across southern Missouri," said Speaker Todd Richardson. "Ridesharing companies like Uber provide access to a safe ride home, reduce drunk driving and provide income opportunities to thousands of Missourians. It is exciting that we were able to remove the regulations preventing innovation in this industry."
Uber connects riders and drivers through a smartphone application. With Uber, riders can push a button on their phone and get a ride within minutes.
The Poplar Bluff Chamber of commerce is expecting the service to also help the economy grow by allowing more people who are their on business travel get around the area.
"People can go to event's at night, people can have business meetings at night and now if they need to pull up their Uber app and order Uber then they do that versus getting in a car and injuring themselves and other people," said Steve Halter, president of the Chamber. " We think that's a positive for those businesses and the businesses their servicing here in poplar bluff."
Currently the app is looking for more drivers to join the Uber team.
For more information and to sign up as a driver, you can click here.