A ride-hailing service that has operations in about 300 cities around the world received something unusual when it arrived in Fargo: a welcome mat.

Uber is a mobile application that connects people seeking rides with drivers. The company continues to grow despite numerous legal troubles over regulations, insurance and unfair competition.

Uber spokesman Sagar Shah says Fargo is unique because North Dakota is the only state that passed regulations clearing the way for the service before it came to town.

State Sen. Jon Casper, of Fargo, who worked on the ridesharing services bill, says the legislation ensures that consumers will receive safe, reliable rides.

The first North Dakota ride on Uber was taken Thursday morning by Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, who was picked up at the Fargo Theater