There are hundreds of unlicensed "jitney" drivers all over the city primarily driving seniors and low income people to and from grocery stores doctors appointments for a flat-fee. Additionally, there are countless enterprising car-owners, many of them off-duty or former cabbies who've recognized the lack of transportation and inconsistent taxi service in this city and are out there providing people uninterested in driving drunk with transportation to and from bars every weekend. These drivers often have their own business cards, but what they don't have are "Certificates of Public Convenience," or any other special license or insurance required by law to provide that service. The reason you don't hear Campolongo complaining about that is because they pose no real threat to the PTG (Yellow Cab) monopoly in Pittsburgh. LYFT on the other hand does pose a threat. Why? Because the drivers ARE screened, and they ARE insured and they MAY ACTUALLY SHOW UP ON TIME to GIVE YOU A RIDE FOR A REASONABLE PRICE! If you are willing to click "I ACCEPT" to some terms and conditions on your phone and take on the risk of getting into a LYFT car, then you should be allowed to do just that. I suspect the result will be that a car will appear and take you where you want to go. I encourage everyone to throw their full support behind this service. The only way Yellow cab will ever get better is if they have some damn competition.
This adds nothing to the quality of life of existing Mt. Washington residents unless additional traffic and pollution are somehow of interest to anyone. No use is better than this use. Also why is the only alternative a 100M luxury hotel? How about an intelligently designed hotel that is accessible to more than just a privileged few? If executed correctly a hotel like that would be endlessly profitable, create jobs and allow more residents and visitors to enjoy one of the most magnificent views in the entire city.
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