Text of Pittsburgh mayor's statements on ride-sharing

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Mayor Bill Peduto is­sued two state­ments Wed­nes­day con­cern­ing the cease-and-de­sist or­ders that pre­vent ride-shar­ing com­pa­nies Uber and Lyft from op­er­at­ing.

The fol­low­ing state­ment came from the mayor’s of­fice just be­fore 1 p.m.:

“I will not let the Gover­nor and the Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion shut down in­no­va­tion with­out a fight. I am con­fi­dent it is one that I and other sup­port­ers of new busi­ness mod­els will ul­ti­mately win.

“Tech­nol­o­gies like ride-shar­ing evolve with the times, and state reg­u­la­tors must, too. While the com­mis­sion may wish for Penn­syl­va­nia to cling to a Juras­sic Age of trans­por­ta­tion op­tions, peo­ple in Pitts­burgh and other com­mu­ni­ties know our state must adapt or die in the global mar­ket­place.

“Many across our city and state sup­port busi­ness growth and in­no­va­tion, and a gov­ern­ment that adapts to and re­wards new tech­nol­ogy and prog­ress. We will fight to­gether to find ways to pro­mote en­tre­pre­neur­ship and mod­ern trans­por­ta­tion op­tions while pro­tect­ing the safety of rid­ers and driv­ers alike.

“I know this be­cause it has been done be­fore. Just last month, Col­o­rado ap­proved bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion to al­low ride-shar­ing in that ever-grow­ing and ever-evolv­ing state, and Penn­syl­va­nia must seize this lead­er­ship op­por­tu­nity and do the same. I will not let Pitts­burgh’s emerg­ing sta­tus as a 21st Cen­tury tech­no­log­i­cal hub be sac­ri­ficed by un­ac­count­able bu­reau­crats cling­ing to the past.

“If the gov­er­nor and the PUC are un­able to adapt to the new, we will work with Re­pub­li­can and Demo­cratic lead­ers in the Leg­is­la­ture who sup­port free-mar­ket cap­i­tal­ism, in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­stead.”

Later, af­ter Gov. Tom Cor­bett’‍s spokes­man said the gov­er­nor “would sup­port leg­is­la­tion that would al­low these com­pa­nies to op­er­ate,” Mr. Peduto is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“I want to thank Gov. Tom Cor­bett for his sup­port of laws that would adapt cur­rent state reg­u­la­tions to al­low ride-shar­ing com­pa­nies to grow.

“I am talk­ing with lead­ers in the state Leg­is­la­ture to swiftly ad­dress this prob­lem.

“When I met early this year with the chair­man of the Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion, Robert Pow­el­son, he as­sured me he sup­ported put­ting tem­po­rary rules in place that would al­low these com­pa­nies to op­er­ate. We now know that is not the case.

“Penn­syl­va­nia needs to em­brace in­no­va­tion. With the di­rect en­gage­ment of the gov­er­nor, we can se­cure changes from the Leg­is­la­ture to al­low these in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies to ex­ist in the state.”


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