PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Uber has struck a deal with Philadelphia to operate legally in the city during the Democratic National Convention this month and through the summer.
The agreement announced Thursday with UberX was prompted by a major disruption in regional rail service. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority took a third of its regional rail car fleet out of service this weekend because of structural defects.
The ride-hailing company has agreed to settle its legal disputes with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxis, for $350,000. It also still faces fines by state regulators.
Uber is already offering a 40 percent discount to suburban riders who travel to and from certain transit stops.
It is not known when SEPTA will be able to get its defective rail coaches repaired and back in service.