Uber expands to Branson

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BRANSON, Mo. - Uber says it is operating in Branson, as of noon Friday. After the Legislature and governor enacted a law that uniformly regulates ridesharing companies across the state, Uber has launched operations in several cities in Missouri, including Jefferson City, St. Louis, St. Charles, Joplin, Poplar Bluff, Kansas City and Columbia.

Uber connects riders and drivers through a smartphone application. Riders can push a button on their phone and get a ride within minutes. Uber screens and hires drivers who use their personal vehicles to give rides to customers.

Uber offers new users up to $20 off their first rides. Users can enter BRANSONLOVE into the app to redeem the offer beginning on Friday at noon.

Here’s how Uber works:
● First, download the free Uber app for iOS, Android or Windows Phone.
● Then, create an account using your email address and phone number, and add your payment information.

When you’re ready to go, open the app and enter your destination in the “Where To” bar. You can do so by:
● Searching for the name of a place
● Entering an address, or;
● Setting a pin

Once you’ve determined the ride details, just tap ‘Request.’ When your driver is on the way, you’ll see:
● Your driver’s picture and name
● Picture of the vehicle, and make and model
● Car’s license plate number

You can also watch the driver travel to your location on the app’s map. That way, you know you’re getting in the right car with the right driver. If you need to get in touch, you can call or text your driver through the Uber app.

When you arrive at your destination, you’re done. The cost of your trip will be charged automatically to the payment method on file.

After every trip, you can rate your experience and provide anonymous feedback about your driver. Should you need to get in touch, the app has a support feature.

Uber is looking for drivers in Branson. For more information and to sign up as a driver, see https://www.uber.com/drive/.