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Ridesharing service Uber coming to Youngstown

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Popular cashless ride-sharing service Uber is coming to Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.

With service starting at 5:00 pm Thursday, anyone in the two counties will be able to register for an Uber account and call a ride to anywhere within county borders.

Uber representative Lauren Altmin says that demand for the company has been high through social media and that they, "have been hearing from people in Youngstown for quite some time."

The company is already available in many metropolitan areas throughout Ohio, such as Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Columbus, Toledo, and Cincinnati.  

Uber's presence in cities, according to Altmin, has a correlation to reduced drunk driving incidents.  Uber is also partnered with various drunk driving awareness organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  

In addition to using the service as customers, local residents can also sign up to be Uber drivers within Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.  

Altmin says that dozens of drivers have already signed up, and they are still looking for more.  

Driver applicants are screened through processes set in law statewide by House Bill 237 in 2015.  More information about becoming a driver can be found at Uber's website.

New Uber users in the Youngstown area will have to download the company's smartphone app and create an account.  From there, an email account, phone number, and credit or debit card information will be need to be provided.

Uber is a completely cashless operation. The user's credit or debit card is billed automatically after each ride.

Once a user is registered for an account, they enter their current address so the driver can come to them.  The driver's license plate number and photo will be provided for user identification. 

After that, the user gets picked up from wherever they choose, and is driven to their destination address.

New users in the Youngstown area can enter the promo code 'Youngstown16' into their app for up to $15 off their first ride. 

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