As Pittsburgh’s economy adapts to an ever-emerging digital world, government should both embrace and help facilitate innovation and growth. I welcome the new generation of ride-sharing companies that have begun operating here; their innovative approach is revolutionizing our transportation ecosystem.
Visitors and business travelers should be able to explore neighborhoods beyond their hotel’s location; students should be able to easily access areas of the city that they could perhaps call home after graduation; those in underserved communities need better options for accessing grocery stores and vital services; and patrons of Pittsburgh’s restaurants and bars need safe and reliable ways to get home late at night.
While not the only answer to the region’s significant transit needs, ride-sharing technologies play an important role in Pittsburgh’s revitalization. As elected officials, we should hail the contributions ride-sharing can make to our efforts to cut down on emissions, incidents of driving under the influence and congested parking woes. And new transportation options like Lyft and Uber create and expand opportunities to build a career and increase earning potential for Pittsburghers.
I’m proud to firmly stand with Mayor Bill Peduto and the people of Pittsburgh who have already embraced transit innovation for our city. The recent decision by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to allow a ride-sharing company a temporary license to operate is a great start. I look forward to working with the PUC, the state Legislature and companies like Lyft and Uber to develop a regulatory framework that puts consumers first — signaling to the rest of the state that ride-sharing is an important and valuable contributor to future growth.
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