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Ride-Sharing Service Uber Comes to Manchester

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  The ride-sharing service known as Uber will launch in Manchester Friday.

Uber users and drivers find each other using a smartphone app.

Manchester users will be able to get five free rides up to $25 until the end of the month.

Billy Guernier is the General Manager of Regional Expansion for Uber.

He says the average ride is roughly ten percent cheaper than a taxi in Manchester.

“We’ve been signing up drivers for the past couple of weeks. We’ve run a number of drivers through our background check process, gotten all their documents in order and drivers are ready to be on the road today.”

Guernier says the service is not subject to the same local regulations as traditional taxis and that demand increases once the service enters a new market.

Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.

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