Uber launches service in Branson, other Missouri cities

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson (right) gets a ride from an Uber driver in Poplar Bluff. (Uber photo)
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BRANSON, Mo. (KSPR) - You can add Branson to the list of places where you can pick up a ride with Uber.

After state lawmakers passed statewide ridesharing regulation earlier this year, Uber has launched operations in several cities in Missouri, including Jefferson City, St. Louis, St. Charles, Joplin, Poplar Bluff, Kansas City and Columbia.

“Uber’s announcement today marks the work of many state and local leaders,” said Jeff Seifried, President & CEO of the Branson-Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB. “The Chamber, along with many others, advocated in favor of TNC legislation in Jefferson City, with the purpose of attracting Uber to Branson. Uber is a proven job creator and will serve the millions of visitors traveling to Branson, adding more travel convenience to their vacation experience.”

Uber is a technology company that connects riders and drivers through a smartphone application. With Uber, riders can push a button on their phone and get a ride within minutes. Uber partners with pre-screened local drivers who use their personal vehicles to give neighbors a ride on their own schedule.

“We’re thrilled to expand today to the Branson are, just in time for Memorial Day festivities. We look forward to seeing how Uber can extend economic opportunities and transportation options for both residents and visitors,” said Andy Hung, Uber General Manager of Missouri and Kansas.

In places where Uber operates, riders rely on the service to access reliable, affordable transportation whenever they need it. Whether it’s an early morning airport drop-off or a late night ride home after an evening out at the local bars, Uber helps riders get where they need to be at the push of a button.

Uber began offering service in Springfield late last year after City Council passed an ordinance to allow it. The statewide regulations are modeled on those in Springfield.