Here’s the Uber Driver Charged With Attacking His Passenger in Philly

Left: Former Uber driver Major Fuller. (University of Pennsylvania Police Department) Right: Cherry Hill resident Joseph Fusco, the man Fuller stands accused of beating.

Left: Former Uber driver Major Fuller. (University of Pennsylvania Police Department) Right: Cherry Hill resident Joseph Fusco, the man Fuller stands accused of beating.

Last week, we told you that police were looking for the Uber driver who allegedly assaulted his passenger after a pickup in University City, and now we’ve learned that investigators have made an arrest. Read more »

Man Claims Uber Driver Beat Him Unconscious In University City

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Joseph Fusco | Photo courtesy of Fusco’s attorney

Three days before Christmas, Cabrini College director of public safety Joseph Fusco attended a holiday party in University City, organized by the security company Allied Universal. He drank with his friends and colleagues, as one is apt to do at a holiday party, and around 11 p.m., he requested an Uber to his home in Cherry Hill. And that, he claims, is when his troubles began. Read more »

Philly’s Biggest Winners of 2016

Clockwise: Outgoing U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, Villanova Wildcats coach Jay Wright, Mayor Jim Kenney, state Rep. Martina White and actor Sylvester Stallone.

Clockwise: Mayor Jim Kenney, Villanova Wildcats coach Jay Wright, Olympian Nia Ali, actor Sylvester Stallone and outgoing U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.

Believe it or not, a few people actually succeeded in the otherwise godforsaken 2016. Here’s to all the do-gooders, overachievers, strivers, thrivers, and folks who won so much they got tired of the winning. Read more »

You Can Now Ride UberPOOL Tax-Free in Philly

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That transit check that helps you get to work could now help you do it in a car.

On Wednesday, Uber announced it had started accepting certain commuter benefits cards for its UberPOOL service. In the U.S., employers are allowed to provide non-taxed transportation benefits up to a certain level.

The idea of employer-provided transit benefits is to encourage people to take transit to work, which is generally better for the environment and also cuts down on road congestion. As UberPOOL cars have up to four riders in them, it counts. UberPOOL rides can now be paid for with WageWorks Commuter Prepaid MasterCard, WageWorks Visa Prepaid Commuter Card and the TransitChek QuickPay Prepaid Visa Card. Read more »

Uber, Lyft Now Legal Across Pennsylvania

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Philly’s ride-sharing war is no more. On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf legalized ride-sharing across Pennsylvania with his signature on Senate Bill 984.

“This bill puts an end to any question about these companies operating in our Commonwealth, especially in Philadelphia,” Governor Wolf said in a release. Read more »

Milton Street Is No Longer a Trump Supporter

Milton Street outside the District Attorney's office

Photo by Dan McQuade

Before he’d even won a vote in the Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump held a rally in Virginia last December. There, he met Milton Street, and his daughter, Renee Street Toppin. Trump called Milton Street a “highly respected, great man in Philadelphia,” and said he had accepted Milton’s offer to give Trump a tour of impoverished parts of Philadelphia.

That never happened. And now, with Trump the Republican nominee and just 17 days to go before the election, Street has dropped his support. As Clout reported today, Milton Street has now endorsed Hillary Clinton. Read more »

Bill to Legalize UberX and Lyft Nears a Final Vote

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A bill to legalize UberX and Lyft in Pennsylvania permanently is reaching the final stages in the state legislature this week. The bill can’t come soon enough for the ride-hailing companies, which have endured a two-year battle for the right to operate in the city. They experienced temporary success this past summer when Act 85 granted them a grace period set in place largely because of the Democratic National Convention in July and the SEPTA Regional Rail service suspension. Read more »

PPA Announces Renewed Crackdown on Uber and Lyft, Waives Some Taxi Regs

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia. | Photo by Fabiola Cineas

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia. | Photo by Fabiola Cineas

All good things come to an end.

Now that Uber and Lyft’s short and sweet grace period has ended with the expiration of Act 85, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has announced that it fully intends to resume enforcement against the ride-sharing companies – as well as lift several regulations against the taxi industry. Read more »

Uber and Lyft Are Illegal Again in Philadelphia

Promotional photos from the press kits of Uber (left) and Lyft

Promotional photos from the press kits of Uber (left) and Lyft

Uber and Lyft are once again illegal in the City of Philadelphia following the expiration of a summer-long reprieve granted by the state legislature.

The bill had required Uber and Lyft to pay 1 percent of their gross receipts to the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxis and taxi-like services in the city. Two-thirds of that amount went to the Philadelphia School District, while the PPA kept a third. Read more »

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