Philadelphia Collects 1.4% From Ride-Sharing, Why Can’t Other Cities?

Nov 7, 2016


Uber’s self-driving cars wait at the company’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh on Sept. 13, 2016. The sharing economy could change traditional revenue streams and require the state to find new ones, says Alex Pazuchanics, policy coordinator for the city of Pittsburgh.
Credit Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

A proposal to do so never made it past a Senate committee.

From Philadelphia to Erie, Pittsburgh to Scranton, ride-sharing services can nowoperate legally, and permanently, in Pennsylvania. But when Governor Wolf signed the regulation into law, something was missing: a proposal that would have allowed municipalities across the state to collect 1% of gross receipts from ride-share companies Uber, Lyft, and in Pittsburgh, zTrip.

Senator Lisa Boscola introduced the amendment in the Senate’s Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. She was unavailable for an interview, but her colleagues said the proposed fee was modeled after the one in Philadelphia: the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) assesses 1.4% of gross receipts from Uber rides originating in the city, and sends two-thirds of that money to the school district.


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