Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport signs agreement with Uber

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport announced an agreement with Uber Friday, according to the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission.

The airport and Uber signed an operating agreement allowing Uber to operate at the airport in a way that works within the airport’s regulatory infrastructure and Uber’s business model.

Prior to this agreement riders who used Uber from the aiport broke the rules. The airport says Uber must follow its regulations for passenger safety, just like taxis and limos.

"In an airport environment it's different, we have passengers who come here. They have to be licensed, they have to be insured. That's the main reason for it in the environment because we just can't have anyone coming out here. It would be like someone coming out here and setting up a food truck without any type of proper licensing," Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Executive Director Tim Bradshaw said.

Effective immediately, residents and visitors can use Uber to request a ride to and from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

Uber will have to pay $50 a month for the agreement plus a $1 surcharge on each fair.

A Lyft deal is in the works as well.