Uber Arrives in Bowling Green
The ride-sharing service Uber has come to Bowling Green.
Uber uses a mobile app to connect people who need rides with available drivers, who use their own cars to carry passengers.
Telia Butler with the Bowling Green-Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau took an inaugural ride last week. She thinks the service will be beneficial to Kentucky’s third largest city.
"In some other conventions and conferences where I've elsewhere, this has been a popular way for people to get around at night time when they have free time to go out to dinner or something like that," said Butler. "A lot of people talk about the small town charm we still have here which is very popular, but with these big-city amenities coming, as well, it's making us more progressive in those markets."
Uber was already available in Louisville and Lexington. Part of its target audience in Bowling Green is WKU students.
Uber has drawn criticism from traditional taxi companies, which have raised questions about the safety and oversight of ride-sharing companies.