PublicSource will report here about notable actions and conversations from the meetings of the City of Pittsburgh’s Planning Commission. The meetings are held at 2 p.m. on every other Tuesday on the 1st floor of the Civic Building at 200 Ross Street.
In the Pittsburgh region, neither Uber nor Lyft, its competitor in the ride-share industry, accommodate passengers who use non-folding or motorized wheelchairs. Although Uber said its drivers are expected to accommodate riders with folding wheelchairs, walkers or canes, the company does not offer WAVs for passengers who remain in their wheelchairs for the ride.
So while Pittsburgh is a proving ground for autonomous cars — the next leap ahead in the ride-sharing industry — wheelchair-using customers who try to call a driver with their smartphone apps are left waiting on the curb.
A candidate for Pittsburgh City Council who was accused of assaulting a woman and having non-consensual sex with her released a statement late Tuesday indicating that the district attorney has concluded an investigation and won’t be pursuing charges against him.
A spokesman for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office said the office investigated the allegation and did not find evidence to meet the burden of proof needed to prosecute any criminal charges against council hopeful Quincy Kofi Swatson.
With the construction of Shell's ethane cracker plant in Beaver County fully underway, PublicSource spoke to a Shell representative along with seven other people who have different perspectives on the future of our region’s environment and industry.