TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Uber, Lyft to run ride-sharing service through weekend despite court ruling

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 5:15 p.m.
 

Pittsburgh's two ride-share companies confirmed on Thursday that they will be open for business through the Independence Day weekend despite a cease-and-desist order from state regulators.

“We are operating this weekend as we evaluate next steps,” said Chelsea Wilson, spokeswoman for Lyft.

Uber, the city's other smartphone app-based company, plans to continue offering rides as well, spokesman Taylor Bennett said.

Two administrative judges this week ordered Lyft and Uber to halt operations until they receive permits from the Public Utility Commission. The San Francisco-based companies have applications pending.

The PUC said the companies could be held in contempt of court for defying the order.

Mayor Bill Peduto sought state approval for them to operate through the weekend, saying it would help minimize drunken driving in neighborhoods where public transportation is limited.

“It would have been great to have done it this weekend, but legislative calendars wouldn't allow it,” Peduto spokesman Tim McNulty said.

Peduto and state legislators from Pittsburgh had hoped to get provisional permits from the commission, but state offices closed for the holiday on Wednesday.

State Rep. Erin Molchany, D-Mt. Washington, said she plans to introduce a House resolution on Monday asking the PUC for temporary permits. Unlike state legislation, a resolution does not require action from the PUC.

State Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, said he is preparing a bill that would permit ride-sharing operations statewide but doubted whether legislative action would happen before year's end.

“It would be nice to get some kind of provisional licensing until the legislation is passed,” Fontana said.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or bbauder@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates grind out extra-inning win against testy Tigers
  2. Pa. could ease restrictions on fireworks, reaping big bang in taxes
  3. Union to work while ATI talks continue
  4. In historic vote, Legislature approves bill selling state liquor stores
  5. Shopping season starts up for Penguins amid onset of free agency
  6. 1 killed, 4 hurt as police chase ends in Oakland crash
  7. Shareholders approve Heinz, Kraft merger
  8. ‘We are’ chant now a permanent fixture on Penn State campus
  9. Donora-Webster Bridge plunges into Mon River after 107 years
  10. Pittsburgh police solve fewer homicides
  11. Penguins notebook: Sheary hoping to return to organization