BLOG: Three Reasons Why Ride-Sharing Is Important for Pennsylvania

By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary

May 11, 2016

Last Friday in Pittsburgh, Governor Tom Wolf took an Uber. This likely makes him the first sitting Pennsylvania governor to share a ride.

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Here’s why supporting ride-sharing is important for Pennsylvania:

  • Innovation in transportation is important – just like many other industries. Ride-sharing creates competition for on-demand private transportation and provides new, reliable options for traditionally under-served communities.
  • Ride-sharing companies are investing in Pennsylvania, especially Pittsburgh. Uber is already investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the commonwealth and is poised to invest more after choosing Pittsburgh to be its hub for testing self-driving vehicles and the site of its worldwide headquarters for advanced technology research.
  • In addition to thousands of drivers sharing rides and earning income across the commonwealth, Uber has also already hired several hundred employees for its Advanced Technology Center in Pittsburgh.

Governor Wolf has been a strong proponent of ride-share since becoming governor. He recently stood with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to ask the Public Utility Commission to reconsider its action to levy a record high fine on Uber.

Governor Wolf will continue to work with the General Assembly to support ride-sharing and further innovation and economic growth as a result.

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