Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, and Congressman Charlie Dent, PA-15, sent a letter to the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) expressing support for a more friendly regulatory framework to allow ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and others to operate in underserved or high-demand areas across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The increased popularity, convenience and efficiency of these ride-sharing services is testament to the importance these companies place on providing quality and innovative products for consumers in every community, whether urban, suburban or rural.

Legislation in the Pennsylvania General Assembly has the potential to create a regulatory environment that could unleash these business innovations across the state thereby serving as an example to neighboring states which have yet to embrace alternative transportation options for the citizens of their communities.

Congressmen Marino and Dent issued the following statements regarding the PUC’s support for the legislation and the importance of welcoming service providers willing to reshape the way citizens commute:

“I am thankful for PUC Chairman Robert Powelson’s support for services like Uber and Lyft. He knows that having these services in Pennsylvania can move folks from point A to B in faster, safer and cheaper ways. That is good for business and good for the consumer. I am hopeful for the success of this endeavor because citizens in diverse communities need options that fit into a shrinking personal pocketbook. Business will always be the driver of better and more innovative products; and governments – be they local, state or federal – must work to provide regulatory frameworks that ensure they can succeed. Businesses like these serve the public and I support them. These services are just another way to make sure a person without a car or nearby access to public transit can arrive at their destination safely,” says Congressman Marino

"People shouldn't be denied access to innovative services, like ride-share services, because the government is too slow to respond to consumer demand for new and better technologies. Ride share services hold great potential, particularly for seniors wanting to live independently and young people (or anyone for that matter) who otherwise might risk driving impaired. We must ensure the government encourages innovation so that communities of all sizes will realize the benefits," said Congressman Dent.

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