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February 16, 2015

Lyft gets green light in Pa.

But - like Uber - with the exception of Philly

A second ride-sharing service  has received permission to operate in Pennsylvania for a two-year trial period – with the exception of Philadelphia.

Lyft, which launched last month in Philly to compete with Uber, had been waiting on approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to operate in the state. It got the green light on Feb. 12 - with the exception of Philadelphia, Newsworks reported.

 Uber also has approval to operate on a two-year experimental license in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia.

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

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission oversees the rest of the state.

Read the full article here.