I don't know if the Uber business model would work here, but in the currently unregulated taxi market in Watertown, why should Albany have to say whether innovations in ride sharing can happen ?
The Legislature failed to pass legislation to allow Uber and Lyft to operate north of NYC.
Get a car and a cell phone and you can open a taxi service in Watertown. There is no "Taxi Commission" overseeing it all. It's the free market, so if Uber were in place, what's to stop it and why shouldn't it happen.
The market would decide if it works.