New Plan Could Avert Port Authority Service Cuts

By Kym Gable

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Massive service cuts and job losses at the Port Authority could be averted if a $45-million dollar plan introduced by Governor Ed Rendell is passed by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

Rendell met privately with the commission, then announced at a news conference that unused economic development funds will be allocated to the Port Authority. The agency had planned to cut service by 35 percent and eliminate dozens of routes in March.

Rendell made it clear this is only a temporary fix to the transit crisis, giving legislators more time to come up with a permanent solution.

“I’m glad for now,” bus rider Lindsey Bennett told KDKA’s Kym Gable. “I work late so I don’t have to worry about not being able to catch a bus when I don’t get out of work. It would be nice if they didn’t increase the fares too, that would be nice!”

However, the funding is designed to stop the service cuts, not the fare hikes. The SWC, which still needs to approve the redirection of state funds, will vote on whether to approve the measure on Dec. 13.

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  1. Beantown4 says:

    Thank you Gov. Rendell. You have stepped in with your trusted leadership and have provided the citizens of Allegheny County with much needed transit relief. Wish we had you around for another term of service.

  2. Mr Soho says:

    Fast Eddie is shuffling the dollars from Federal Funding intended to fix roads and bridges to the PAT. I guess the workers that lose their jobs from those funding cuts don’t matter, no wonder the bridges and roads are a mess. An the beat goes on and on and on.

  3. palm90 says:

    Bean. u and rendel are a nitwit.

  4. brian says:

    The Port Authority needs taken over and new leadership to cut cost not money needed for Road and Bridge repairs to fix there problems. Do not support this will hurt all in long run we will pay more taxes to fix the road and bridges if money goes to PAT>

    1. Barb Spicer says:

      I’ll bet you never had to take a bus in your whole life, let alone depend on buses for your very existence.. Not everyone has a car, can drive, or has someone to take them to work every day and anywhere else they need to go! Reality check??

  5. Kim says:

    Glad some money was found because I wouldn’t have no way to get around my area (Monroeville). But the plan doesn’t say they will bring back what they already to away. The whole PAT needs to be taken over because someone is getting rich while others with less are the ones that suffer. STop hiring people to lay them off in order to keep those who have been there a long time. Isn’t that how you straighten things out weed out those who have many years in PAT(early retirement). Then hire new for less. Simple mathematics.

  6. dmarie says:

    Thank you Governor Rendell. You have really given a Christmas present to those who need transportation for work and school. I’m sure the businesses in are glad you helped they will not loose good employees..- We don’t need more un-employment. You’ve save my husbands job and for that our family is great full
    Thank you and happy holidays

  7. Big Bill @ PAT says:

    Brother, You are the best!

    1. ZOEYZOTRON says:

      Big Bill, why is PAT always broke? Maybe the union needs to take a stepback and reduce some costs… like pensions, free healthcare, and wages… (90k for a bus driver… give me a break) WELCOME TO THE RECESSION

  8. LB says:

    Fast Eddies parting shot !!! what a loser and the idiots who are defending this are bigger ones , don’t fix the problem people just rearrange the furniture on the deck while the ship is sinking , AND HEN THIS STOP GAP MESURE RUNS OUT what will the good people of allegheny county get taxed on next ? the air they breathe , so glad I moved out of Allegheny county 10 years ago and I wish I could talk my wife into moving out of this twisted state . TOM CORBET SHOULD TRY AND STOP THIS !!!

    1. Barb Spicer says:

      You too have obviously never had to take a bus in your life. Not everyone drives or can get a ride to wherever they have to go, including work, shopping, etc. Get your head out of your butt – some people depend on buses for their very existence. What’s this, “Let them eat cake?” What about the elderly and the disabled? The poor? The downtrodden middle class workers who must take a bus or not work?? Are we supposed to walk for hours in all kinds of weather just to get anywhere? Are you totally brain dead or have you just had to work at being a m oron your whole life?

      1. ZOEYZOTRON says:

        BARB, then YOU, the one riding the bus, need to pay more, not the TAXPAYERS. this fixes nothing, 45 million dollars later we will be back to the same spot in June, per the article. CUT SPENDING!!!

  9. Living in the real PA says:

    Agree with LB. Fast Eddie and his croonies are at it again. Robbing Peter to payola Paul. $ probably came from those counties who did not support his chosen one in the elections; those counties who do not have public transportation like Allegheny has. Wake up Pennsylvania….he is still conning you.

  10. snowflake says:

    Yes, there IS a Santa Claus! Now Santa can take the BUS and not his sleigh! HO! HO! HO!

  11. Gary Miklolay says:

    WHY ARE AMERICANS COMPLAINING ABOUT FELLOW AMERICANS MAKING $60,000 A YEAR? WE SHOULD BE HOLDING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS FEET TO THE FIRE FOR ALLOWING SO MANY GOOD AMERICAN JOBS TO DISAPPEAR OVER THE PAST 3 DECADES! THESE AMERICAN FAMILIES FOUGHT OUR WARS AND SAVED OUR DEMOCRACY OVER AND OVER! WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE OVER OUTSOURCING, IT’S KILLING AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN DREAM

  12. danman says:

    Why do those that are praising this move not feel as if they should have to pay for their transportation. If you want a ride, pay for it, don’t give the bill to me.

    1. Get a Grip!! says:

      I agree!!!! Pay your fare. There are so many people that refuse to pay the fare and misuse the transfers. Port Authority is spending 30mil to install a new fare collection system, which is a joke! It is an honor system. They are going to have security check if riders have their tickets. If not, they will get a $300.00 fine. They can’t even collect fares let alone fines. This is not going to work!!!!! If they come up with a system to collect most fare money they might not be in a deficit. Management wake up!!!

  13. garym says:

    although the billionair’s institute and the media want you to believe this a Pennsylvania or port authority problem, the TRUTH is this is happening in every stae and every major city in the world right now…start up your brain and use it …what’s really going on here? what happened to the AMERICAN DREAM?

  14. redrock100 says:

    this idiot knows we need the money for road repair. not sleezeball bus riders

  15. STEVE says:

    FIRST OFF MARTY GRIFFIN IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MORONS TO COME OUT OF THIS CITY. RARELY DOES HE EVER GET HIS STORY RIGHT. I WOULD LOVETO SEE HIM AT THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE. WHY DOESNT HIM AND HIS BROADCASTING WIFE TAKE A PAY CUT TO HELP THE CITY OUT. HE IS SO WORRRIED ABOUT WHAT THESE GUYS ARE MAKING AT P.A.T. THAT HE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THEM OR THEIR FAMILIES. REAL MAN OF CLASS. WELCOME BACK P.A.T.

  16. Mary says:

    Nice. So in the next year or so when PAT pulls all of your strings again, where will the money come from THEN?? I can’t understand why some of you just can’t see that PAT has you dancing like trained monkeys. Any other city has a normal, functioning transit system where you can hop a bus anywhere without all the confusion PAT has to offer.

    1. Barb Spicer says:

      So true. I’m from NY and even in the horrible 80’s recession in NY we never once had any service cuts, layoffs or bus company deficits – and they only raised their bus fare once in 10 years!!!

      1. ZOEYZOTRON says:

        BARB – do you read the paper… the entire state of New York is BROKE… Wake up. Stand on your own two feet, don’t rely on government handouts… i can’t afford it anymore.

  17. STEVE says:

    EVERY BIG TRANSIT COMPANY IS FEDERALLY FUNDED. ITS NOT PAT FAULT THINGS ARE TOUGH ALL OVER

  18. STEVE says:

    LETS FACE IT NO ONE IN THIS CITY WANTS ANYONE TO MAKE A DECENT WAGE AND WHEN THEY DO THEY ARE CRITISIZED TO DEATH FOR IT.

    1. ZOEYZOTRON says:

      What is a fair wage for driving a bus? i say 10-12 per hour max

      1. Mary says:

        And your credentials for making this righteous decision??? Bet you would feel differently if YOUR wage was determined by ME!!!!!!!!!! How have we become so arrogant and hateful AND ENVIOUS of others??????? Yes I say envious because if it were your job you would think it was a fair wage.

  19. bonner1 says:

    Rendell has done exactly what Corbett himself would have been forced to do if already in office. They will not allow a major county in this state to become financially crippled.
    Read the reports from the truely informed critics.
    The port authority has already trimmed the fat and are no more irresponsible than any other public or private company.
    They are a vital service that does 1000 x’s more for the region than merely providing a ride for welfare addicts!
    People! Please get the facts before spewing out your ignorance.

  20. KT says:

    Bus drivers don’t make $90K. They make $22.00 an hour — do the math. If a couple of them made $90K, figure out how many hours they had to spend at work to make that much. Uninformed individuals should keep their comments to themselves! If you don’t make a decent wage or receive decent benefits from your employer, don’t take it out on individuals who do. Join a union instead of bashing one!

    1. Mary says:

      @KT…THANK YOU!!! The very few drivers who made $90K lierally SLEPT at work…their families brought them food, clean clothes. I know I wouldnt do it but I guess some will.

  21. slm says:

    It is a shame it only prolongs it for 3 months. I take transit everyday but I say bite the bullet and do NOT give them the funds if it is only a 3 month delay. Port authority is bad management and I don’t understand how 45 million is only a 3 month fix. Let’s just suck it up now…they are going to do it anyhow. Thank you governor for trying but they don’t deserve yet ANOTHER AND ANOTHER BAILOUT. It’s broke and can’t be fixed

  22. joe s says:

    WHY IN THE F ARE WE THE TAX PAYER PAYING FOR TRANIST JACK UP THE DAMM FARES. STOP JACKING UP OUR TAXES

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