Deals Reached for Uber, Lyft at BNIA

Uber to pay flat fee, Lyft to pay per transaction fee

Tom Puckett
June 23, 2017 - 5:43 pm

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Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) The NFTA has announced ridesharing agreements with Lyft and Uber at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

These are separate agreements: Uber will pay a flat fee of $180,000, and Lyft will pay a per transaction fee of $3. 

This will allow Uber and Lyft to both “Drop off” and “Pick up” at the airports within an established geo-fence boundaries and will make logistics easy for both passengers and drivers. The agreement allows TNC drivers permitted by the State of New York to pick-up patrons at both airports without any additional licensing of drivers required. This initial agreement is a pilot program that will end on June 29, 2018.

“Thank you to the NFTA for coming to the table and reaching an agreement that best serves the people of Buffalo,” says Sarfraz Maredia, General Manager for Uber NY.  “We look forward to providing affordable, reliable transportation to Buffalo visitors and residents alike starting June 29th as they arrive into and depart from Buffalo’s airports.”

“We are thrilled to be able to begin operations to BNIA and NFIA upon Lyft’s launch in New York State,” said. Kirk Safford, Senior Manager of Airports & Venues at Lyft. “Thanks to this agreement, Buffalo’s visitors will be able to arrive at their destinations more easily than ever, while helping to support the Buffalo economy and improving safety on the road.”  

The agreement is for an initial “pilot program” and is limited to a one-year period starting on June 29, 2017. “The NFTA wants to do everything it can to provide our customers with additional ground transportation choices,” says Kimberley Minkel, Executive Director, NFTA. “We are proud that we were able to work out a solution that is the best for our community.”

The NFTA says both will operate a geo-fence system that will help manage traffic and minimize air emissions for the almost 5 million customers who use NFTA-managed airports.

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