PA Riders Made Their Voices Heard in Harrisburg

Today, Pennsylvanians made their voices heard at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. The Rotunda was filled with riders and driver partners from all over the state eager to tell their legislators that PA needs uberX, and they need it now.

Jon Feldman, the General Manager of Uber Philadelphia, kicked off the event with an overview of why uberX supporters from across Pennsylvania took time out of their day to rally at the Capitol.  “Like the majority of Pennsylvania, Philly does not have access to uberX ridesharing,” said Feldman, “That is why I stand here, among all of you, urging our state legislators to pass common-sense regulations that allow uberX to operate across the state.”

Dozens of boxes, each marked “1,000 Petitions,” were stacked in the Rotunda to represent the 33,000+ signatures received in the short 24 hours since the petition went live Monday morning. In the first four hours alone, the petition reached 22,000 signatures — clearly, Pennsylvanians demand more safe and affordable transportation options!

Jennifer Krusius, the General Manager of Uber Pittsburgh, recounted her firsthand experience hearing from riders and drivers in the Steel City each and every day on the value uberX ridesharing provides their community. Throughout the rally, Uber team members read testimonials from uberX ridesharing supporters who could not be present. One testimonial came from a rider from Allegheny County who has low vision and relies on uberX to get to work and around town.

I have very poor vision (legally blind) and use Uber to help get around Pittsburgh quickly and effectively. What used to take me hours by bus or cab now never takes over 15 minutes. Having Uber around is crucial to helping me do my job and live my life more easily…

Alex, Allegheny County, 15222

Another was written by a State College student who is consistently let down by the unreliable cabs in her area.

I live in State College and have been let down by the State College cabs a lot of times. I usually take cabs in State College and here the cab companies have the upper hand over the customers rather than the other way round. They would pick up the calls if they would feel like, and even after booking a cab, they would come only if they feel like. I was once stranded at the mall with a friend and none of the cab companies picked up my calls for about an hour and also the buses were not running so finally we chose to walk at night from the mall to campus which was about 2 miles or more. I have taken uber rides in New York and Providence and found it to be an amazing experience. I really wish Uber comes to State college.

Tej, Centre County, 16802

Later, ralliers hand-delivered testimonials to legislators from other uberX supporters in their district who were unable attend the rally, but wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

All and all, the day was a huge success, as constituents from across the state — both those who made the drive in person, and their 33,000 counterparts who stood with them in virtual solidarity — advocated for increased choice and economic opportunity. The display was an impactful reminder to our Representatives and Senators that they have the power to improve the lives or their citizens. With simple, common-sense legislation, Pennsylvania can establish itself as a transportation leader and pioneer of choice.

We urge the legislature to stay in Harrisburg as long as it takes to ensure uberX can operate across the Keystone State.

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