Press conference scheduled for today on ride-sharing services in Pittsburgh
February 18, 2014 11:22 AM
This Jeep in Pittsburgh is outfitted with Lyft's signature pink mustache. Lyft is a ride-sharing service that has drawn the scorn of traditional taxi companies in Pittsburgh.
By Kim Lyons / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mayor Bill Peduto and Councilman Daniel Gilman will hold a 2 p.m. press conference at the City-County Building today to address the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's stance on two new ride-sharing services that have moved into Pittsburgh.
Lyft and Uber, both San-Francisco based, enlist drivers to use their own vehicles to transport riders, connecting driver and rider via smartphone apps.
According to a release this morning from the mayor's office, Mr. Peduto and Mr. Gilman support "companies such as these operating in Pittsburgh and providing innovative technology driven transportation options for residents."
But the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has said without the required commercial broker's license, Lyft is in violation of state law. Uber, which has operated in Philadelphia since 2012, has a broker's license to operate.
The heads of Pittsburgh's two largest taxi operators wrote a letter to Mr. Peduto last week, urging him to to pass an ordinance cracking down on what they believe is an illegal taxi operation.
Kim Lyons: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1241. On Twitter: @SocialKimly.
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