Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Allowed to Operate Everywhere but Philly

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Ride-sharing service Lyft has received regulatory approval to offer service for two years everywhere in Pennsylvania, except for Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday voted 4-1 to approve the company's application, with conditions to which it must agree.

Lyft and a competitor, Uber, initially won utility commission approval to operate in the Pittsburgh area after a battle with the agency and taxi operators.

Uber X also won approval last month to operate for two years in Pennsylvania -- but not in Philadelphia.

Uber, Lyft and other ride-share companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority regulates taxis in that city and considers ride-share companies unlicensed cabbies because they do not have taxi medallions, which can run as much as a half-million dollars.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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