Uber now welcome at Harrisburg International Airport

Written by Staff Report/WITF | Jul 7, 2016 12:34 PM

FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo, an Uber driver sits in his car near the San Francisco International Airport. Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals. The settlement is designed to resolve a lawsuit in federal court that alleges Uber discriminates against passengers with service dogs.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Harrisburg) --  A popular ride-hailing service will soon be an option for travelers at Harrisburg International Airport.

Under an agreement with the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA), Uber can now pick up and drop off customers at HIA.

The company will be responsible for, among other things, maintaining $1 million of  auto insurance for its drivers making trips to the facility and collectng a $2.90 fee for every airport pickup.

Uber will also  conduct multi-jurisdictional background checks on all prospective drivers through a nationally-accredited third-party provider and enforce a zero-tolerance policy on unauthorized pickups as well as the use of intoxicating substances.

"Uber can now help remove one of the hassles of travel: figuring out how to get to and from the airport," said Jennifer Krusius, Uber's General Manager for Pennsylvania Expansion. "Our agreement with SARAA means travelers can count on Uber for safe, affordable transportation options all over Harrisburg."

For its part, SARAA will require rideshare drivers to only perform pickups in specified areas and designate space in the parking garage from which Uber driver-partners will receive requests.

"This agreement provides our customers more choices to and from the airport while establishing an operating framework that meets the needs of Uber and our ground transportation providers who have served airport customers for years," said Timothy J. Edwards, SARAA's executive director.

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