Lakeland wants Uber, too

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Uber, the innovative on-demand town-car service, recently announced they would launch its service in Tampa Bay sometime this summer.

Now Lakeland wants to get in on the action.

Most of us know someone who used a car service for travel, writes Maggie Ross of  the blog As opposed to cabs, car services can be efficient and cost effective.

When Lakeland residents caught wind that Uber — the tech service that uses a smartphone app to connect luxury car drivers with passengers – heard that Uber will be offering limited service to and from Tampa International Airport and downtown Tampa, Lakelanders are looking to jump on the bandwagon and bring it to their city. The actual launch date has not yet been announced.

Uber starts with users downloading the app, and then follow the prompts. An Uber driver will pick you up and take you to your destination. Payment is in-app with a credit card, so cash is not required, making the service that much more convenient.

The smartphone app also allows users to rate drivers, an incentive for them to maintain high service levels.

Tampa will join Jacksonville as Uber’s first Florida cities, and Ross hopes that if residents caused enough social media stir, Uber can also open up to Lakeland.

She suggests tweeting the following to @Uber: “Saw you’re now launching in Tampa! Love to see you in Lakeland, too! #uberlakeland.”


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.