Ride-sharing company Uber has begun hiring drivers in the Harrisburg area, putting the San Francisco-based company on the home turf of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which has battled Uber and its rival Lyft since the companies moved into Pennsylvania earlier this year.
While she would not confirm a launch date in Harrisburg, Uber spokesperson Taylor Bennett said the company wants “to be in any city where transportation options fall short of meeting consumer demand.”
Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen said the company has no plans at present to move into Harrisburg.
Lyft and Uber are under a cease-and-desist order issued July 1, which the PUC upheld at its meeting last week.
At the same meeting, however, the commissioners approved a 60-day temporary authority for each company to operate in Allegheny County, but with conditions attached. As of Tuesday, the PUC had not been notified that the companies had met the conditions of the order.
None of those restrictions, nor the proposed $1,000 daily fines have deterred the companies from operating in the Pittsburgh area, however.
The PUC has scheduled hearings for each company on applications to begin permanent experimental service.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Uber announced its Uber for Business service, which will operate like the ride-share version of a motor pool. Companies can enroll employees as part of a corporate account that allows employees to bill rides to a single payment source and streamlines the receipt process, according to Uber’s blog.
Uber for Business is available nationwide and in Canada.
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