Molchany submits resolution to PUC to allow ride-share companies to operate

Pennsylvania state Rep. Erin Molchany filed a resolution on Monday requesting that the state's Public Utility Commission (PUC) grant immediate experimental service licenses to ride-share companies Uber and Lyft to allow them to operate in the state.

H.R. 947 calls on the commission to investigate the transportation needs of Pittsburgh, the state's second-largest city, in addition to granting licenses. Last week, a judge ordered Uber to cease and desist operations, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports.

Justin Wasser, the chief of staff for Molchany, said the city must ensure that it continues to be open to new technologies and innovations.

"We have to make sure that Pittsburgh isn't giving itself its own glass ceiling and we're leaving the door open to expand boundaries, make it easier for commerce and bring neighborhoods together," Wasser said, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. "The transportation bill that passed last November was the first step in addressing mass transit needs, but Lyft, Uber and ride-sharing are another piece."

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto released a statement of support last week for Molchany's resolution, as well as support for legislation introduced by state Sen. Wayne Fontana that would allow ride-share companies to continue operations in the state, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports.

Peduto also hailed Governor Tom Corbett for his support of legislation that would amend state regulations to allow ride-sharing companies to operate in the state.

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