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New ride-sharing service may soon give people a lift to and from the airport

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - The ride sharing service Lyft could soon be allowed access to the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Chemung County is looking into a deal with the popular ride-sharing service Lyft for service to and from Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.

The benefit for the county is it would get two dollars from each Lyft fare. It's a charge agreed between both parties.

Lyft would operate in addition to the other current transport services serving the airport. It would be subject to the same standards the other services have to comply with.

"We're putting Lyft through a very rigorous process and we make sure that everybody operates on a fair level playing field," Bill Hopper, the airport's aviation director, said. "The present taxi company we have there, Bill's Transportation as well as Terps, both understand that and it's fair and open competition."

But some county officials are questioning how the county would go about authenticating Lyft drivers.

"My main concern is that these drivers are independent, you know, we don't know who they are," County Legislator Ken Miller said. "You know, if you're working for Totem Taxi or Terps, they're employees and they know who they are and they work with them."

The County Legislature will hold a public hearing on a later date before making a final vote. That date is yet to be determined.

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