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Joining O.C., Uber now open to vacationers in Delaware

Staff & Wire reports
Vacationers in Ocean City, Delaware beaches now have access to Uber ride-sharing service.

After expanding to Ocean City earlier this year, ride-sharing company Uber is now doing business in three Delaware beach towns.

WDEL-FM reports the company announced Friday it's now offering its UberX service in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach.

In May, Uber began offering rides to smartphone-equipped beachgoers and vacationers in Ocean City and St. Michaels.

Rides there start with a base fare of $2.76, with 19 cents per minute and $1.52 per mile added after that, Uber said.

Uber already operates in Baltimore and Annapolis, and in certain suburbs around the Baltimore-Washington area. In April, Maryland legislators passed a bill that cleared the way for both Uber and Lyft to operate legally in the state under a far less burdensome regulatory structure than applies to traditional taxi companies.

The company says it signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, DelDOT and the DMV that will allow Uber to operate statewide in the near future. The MOU establishes guidelines for Uber's drivers.

Uber was founded in San Francisco in 2009 as Uber Cab and now operates in the U.S. and 55 other countries.

Reporting from The Sun and Associated Press contributed to this story.

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