Essential Pittsburgh
4:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Mayor Peduto Touts Alternative Transportation & Calls Ride-Share Dispute "Dysfunctional"

A bike lane runs parallel to motor vehicle traffic on Rt. 422 in Montgomery County PA.
A bike lane runs parallel to motor vehicle traffic on Rt. 422 in Montgomery County PA.
Credit Montgomery County Planning Commission / Flickr

Right now, most Pittsburghers use their car to get around, but that may change in the near future. First of all, the city lacks sufficient parking, especially downtown. But new transportation options backed by the mayor will make it easier to get around “tahn” without owning a car. Mayor Peduto stopped by Essential Pittsburgh to focus on the city’s transportation goals going forward.

The most immediate issue the mayor has been dealing with was the Uber/Lyft dispute. Peduto said he is behind the two ride sharing companies and calls the ongoing dispute with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission "dysfunctional."

“The PUC had two tracks. They could have changed and modified and allowed for a temporary ability for Uber and Lyft to operate in Pittsburgh and through the state of Pennsylvania while the state legislature began to take on the task of creating new laws. Or they could shut it down. They chose the wrong path. I have no doubt that we will win the war, that Uber and Lyft will be operational this year, legally, within the state of Pennsylvania.”

Peduto also pledged his support for constructing more bike lanes and encouraging more Pittsburghers to travel on two wheels.

“There has to be solid steps that are taken with all transportation options. Uber and Lyft are part of that too, but really the big pieces are within the city, we need to create an infrastructure for bike transportation. and what the means is, not just painting bicycles on the street but creating a superhighway for bikes within the city of Pittsburgh. And if you go to Bike Pittsburgh, they've already mapped it out. They've got a great model that we can start to emulate. And then it becomes part of our culture.”

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