A San Francisco based startup company Uber has expanded their services to Fresno. Residents are now able to get a ride from a registered Uber driver using their own car with a smart phone app.
Fresno resident and Uber driver Antontio Mensurado says he is looking forward to this new business venture.
"I believe Fresno is an area that is growing," said Mensurado. "The infrastructure in Fresno is very good and with the bullet train in the horizon, I believe we are placing ourselves in a good situation to accept all that new business."
To request a ride, you have to download the Uber app and set up an account. All transactions are prepaid through PayPal or a credit card so there is never an exchange of cash between the customer, and the driver.
Once you have downloaded the app and set up your account, it's as easy as requesting a car to come pick you up at your location.
The locals we spoke with seemed to like the idea of the new service.
Musti Haseeb said, "I think it's an excellent idea because people can have this convenience and it will save time for them because otherwise looking for a taxi or a cab can be a difficult thing."
Uber drivers are self-employed. Fresno project manager Brian Tolkin says each driver is put through a background check and must follow strict guidelines. Drivers must have a valid driver's license and personal auto insurance.
"All of our vehicles will be on the newer side, 2005 or newer sedans or SUV's and we look at quality reviews and ongoing rider feedback."
Uber is offering six free rides during the month of February for locals who want to give their service a try.
Uber officials say their first day in operation in Fresno got off to a good start.