This Friday marks the end of the state's temporary legislation that allowed ride-sharing companies to operate in Philadelphia, a stopgap bill that if made permanent would generate an estimated $7 million annually for the beleaguered School District of Philadelphia.
Yet the two major players in the local ride-sharing market – Uber and Lyft – disagree on whether Harrisburg should adopt the temporary structure, outlined in Act 85, that's already been in place for three months.
"Since the temporary ride-sharing framework passed this summer, Philadelphia has seen tens of thousands of dollars from Lyft alone go to our city schools," said Chelsea Harrison, Lyft senior policy communications manager.
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Based on ridership and the projected growth of the ride-sharing companies in the local market, estimates put the potential for yearly funds from Uber and Lyft to the city schools between $3.4 million and $7 million.
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