Uber launching in Bay County on Friday

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP)-- Uber, the popular ride sharing service, is coming back to Bay County on Friday.

In a press release late Thursday night, Uber said thanks to Panama City Beach City Council members agreeing to "a local regulatory framework for transportation network companies (TNCs), beginning Friday March, 10, users in Bay County" can request an Uber.

While Panama City Beach is the first city to officially sign-on, other local municipalities like Panama City, Lynn Haven and Bay County are expected to quickly follow suit.

"β€œWe appreciate local Bay County officials welcoming ridesharing to the area,” said Luke Marklin, Uber Florida General Manager. β€œUber is thrilled to bring safe, affordable transportation options and flexible work opportunities to this community. In the coming weeks, we look forward to continuing to work with local and state leaders on a regulatory framework for ridehsharing so that riders and driver partners across Florida have permanent access to Uber.”

Uber is a ride-sharing service in which riders call for a ride via the company's app, which available for every type of cell phone on the market. Paying for the trip is handled by credit card within the app and there's no cash exchanged between rider and driver.

Users can choose between riding solo or with someone else as well as between regular cars, SUVs and luxury cars. Riders can also track their cars in realtime via the Uber app.