November 4, 2016 will not go down in the history books as any sort of epic, groundbreaking day in Beaver County. But historians can look back 100 years from now, and people can tell their grandkids one day, that on November 4, 2016, Uber finally made its debut in Beaver County. Yes, re-read that one more time. UBER IS COMING TO BEAVER COUNTY.

If you’ve never used the ride-sharing service, Uber, and its counterpart, Lyft, are now free to operate in every county in Pennsylvania. Thanks to new legislation proposed by Senator Camera Bartolotta of Washington County, and signed into law by Governor Wolf, ride sharing services are green lighted for good. Prior to this law, Uber and Lyft were only available in certain counties and metro areas, such as Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia.

If you’ve never used Uber, it’s simple, convenient, and inexpensive. Simply download the app on your iPhone or Android device, open it up, and tell Uber where you want to go. Through GPS, the closest driver will know your location, and will be there within minutes ready to take you to your destination. All payments are conducted through the app, so no hard cash is exchanged between you and the driver. A receipt and trip summary is quickly emailed to you upon completion of your ride. That’s all there is to it.

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Uber and Lyft (both are virtually identical) are so convenient to use when you’re headed out for the night. You don’t have to worry about drinking and driving. You can let the Uber driver handle that for you. Spend a night at a friends and don’t have a car to take you home? Just open that app and let a Lyft driver take you home.

While this is great for consumers, people in Beaver County now have another option to make a little bit of extra cash on the side as an Uber or Lyft driver. Signing up is relatively easy. You can visit either one of their websites, set your own schedule, and make a few bucks. The more you drive, the more money you’ll make.

The timing of this announcement couldn’t have been any better with the holidays around the corner, especially New Year’s Eve, the busiest night of the year for both of these companies.

Governor Wolf said in a statement, “We want these companies welcome here in the Commonwealth, allowing them to become full partners with the cities and communities where they operate and invest, including Pittsburgh where Uber has headquartered its advanced robotics research. This bill also protects consumers with background checks and thorough vetting for drivers, making sure we are doing all we can to keep riders safe and secure.”

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Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando