ELLIS COUNTY, Texas — Residents around the county have a new handheld option when it comes to transportation as ridesharing has made its way to Ellis County.

Following Gov. Greg Abbott signing House Bill 100 into law over the summer, UBer officially expanded into Waxahachie, Ferris, Palmer, Ennis and Midlothian on Aug. 11. The bill replaced any and all local laws or ordinances in regards to ridesharing with statewide regulations.

Alex Samuels with The Texas Tribune outlined those regulations to include "requiring companies to have a permit from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, pay an annual fee to operate, and perform local, state and national criminal background checks on drivers annually."

Though it was not available late last week and an email request for comment has gone unreturned, Lyft, another popular ride-hailing app, also now has vehicles available in the area.

"Uber's ability to expand across the state and provide new economic opportunities for more Texans was made possible by consistent statewide regulations," stated Travis Considine, communication manager for Uber Texas. "We are excited to enable access to safe, reliable rides at the push of a button in more places in Ellis County."

According to its online newsroom, Uber began in 2010 and completed its 5 billionth trip in May. The company operates across the world and offers riders the ability to see their driver before entering the car, rate their experience, receive instant trip information and offers 24/7 support, according to the Uber Safety Features tab found on its website.

For more information on how to become a driver, rider or general inquiries, visit www.uber.com. Both ridesharing applications are available on the Apple and Android app stores.