Port Authority Gets Money Needed To Avoid Cuts

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Port Authority is getting the money it says it needs to avoid major service cuts.

According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission approved a $45 million funding package for the agency.

The funding was created by Gov. Ed Rendell.

Without it, the Port Authority said it would have been forced to eliminate 47 routes, and layoff more than 400 employees.

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  • Mike

    How much do drivers make? How many “sick days” are worked by former drivers collecting a pension? How many mechanics are staffed on a shift, and what do they do with their downtime?

  • Jim Brawley

    Good question!!!!

  • Franklin Benjamin Richards

    How many times a week do either of you ride the bus to work? Because personally, I’m happy they found some money for the hundreds of people I’ve spoken with personally who have no way to get to work either than public transportation.

    I ask you directly because you seem to be the type who wants to nitpick something that helps that many people continue to work for a living so they don’t need to get onto any type of assistance… and that’s a very good thing, isn’t it? These people do not want to be unemployed… they’re very happy to still have jobs in this economic climate where so many white-collar workers are sitting on their butts praying that their benefits get extended.


      FRANKLIN – I NEVER ride the bus… So why in the hell should I (the Taxpayer) have to pay for you to ride the bus? Does that sound fair to you? If so, then send me a monthly check to offset my car payment…

      The PORT AUTHORTY IS FAILING – The cuts are necessary, costs must be controlled.

      • mrsgoat

        I don’t have children so why do I have to pay school taxes?
        If you don’t want to pay to support public transportation, contact your representatives and tell them to repeal the state law that prevents privatization.

      • JoeFromPGH

        I ALWAYS ride the bus… So why in the hell should I (the Taxpayer) have to pay for you to travel on roads and bridges and to clean up all the smog your cars emit? Does that sound fair to you? If so, then send me a monthly check to offset my bus payment…

        The ROADS AND BRIDGES ARE FALLING APART– BUT cuts are necessary, costs must be controlled.

        Ya see, MR TEA PARTY…the shoe has many different fits. We all depend on the government for many aspects of our lives. We are not neanderthals…we’ll maybe folks like you may be.

      • TK

        I don’t have children, however, I still pay school district taxes every year. When I stop paying to educate other people’s kids, I’ll entertain your thought that it’s not your place to pitch in for public transportation.


      FRANKLIN – I just have to know…. Where do you think this 45 MILLION dollars came from?? Yes, I am calling you out because your post is whats wrong with our economy – ZERO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.


        JOE- Don’t be a leach on society, if you CHOOSE to ride the bus then pay for it. You are comparing infrastructure to a CHOICE (riding a bus), yes it is a choice whether you believe it or not. So Mr. Liberal, I have to ask the questions that Liberals never answer… How do you want to fund this? What happens when this $45 MILLION runs out, the last article said 6 months and its gone. Do you not think that the PAT union wages, benefits and Pensions are the issue? Obviously they are, so why not actually fix the problem? I do not complain without a solution or recommendation so: Like any other business in this country PAT should make a difficult choice, either cut costs or raise revenue to cover costs. If they have to raise fares to $10.00 then riders have to make a choice whether to use the service or not. Another company would come in (my guess, non union ) and compete at a lower cost, riders would then have a choice. Who in the hell said bus service have to be a government operation anyway? Tea Party or not, it is simple mathematics… I am Fiscally responsible and I want answers from government spending going forward.

  • John Koval

    So what kind of raise and bonus are they all getting this year?

    • TK

      John – i have family that drive buses, and I can assure you, the get no bonuses, so I’m not sure where you got your information from. And they took a decent amount of concessions in the last contract. I, unlike some of you, have no problem with people making a decent living wage. What I can tell you Is that several have been punched, threatened spit on,, and one friend who had a gun held to his head. I’d challenge ANY of you to do some of their routes, late at night, by yourself, with no protection, and say you would do it for $12.00 and hour and a minimal 401K match….


        TK – I could not agree more, my real estate taxes are also too high. Again going to fund another overpaid union job sector… If you want your family member to make more than $12.00 an hour (which is probably where the payscale needs to actually be for PAT to remain in business) then I guess you will have to pay more to ride the bus, right?? YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. Where do you think the $45 million is coming from? Also, if the job is so bad I would encourage your family member to work hard and find a different career path, this is America, not Russia, you have that choice here if you are willing to work for it.

  • slm

    this is only going to delay it. i think they should ha e used the money elsewbere and fire steve blsnd for starters. i use the bus every workday and know tje cuts are coming despite yet another state bail out for a horrifically managed company. i was ready to.just suck it up rather than give tbis company more money that they dont deserve. they said even with the money it is onlt going to delay it three months……45 million and it only gives three montj reprieve…..there is something seriously wrong.

  • George Miller

    Why don’t we give this money to a real bus company that is not run my union. This way all of Allegheny County will finally have a bus company that is for the people and not for a union to get rich off of.


      George, you hit the nail on the head. PAT will fail because it’s costs are too high; pay, healthcare, PENSIONS…. Its a mathmatical certainty.
      The free ride is coming to an end though, Rendell will be gone soon.

  • Katie

    Forget about building a tunnel to Cranberry. Build a tunnel to Oakland!

    • TK

      YES, please…

  • Level Green

    Without the complete support of the Southwestern PA Commission members from Greene and Washington Counties, Slick Eddie and Danny O’s plan would have failed, like it should have.

    I hope the people in those counties remember at election time that their hard earned tax dollars and money that could have been spent for projects in their neighborhoods went to prolong a failed system in Allegheny County.

    No problem though, this problem is guaranteed to resurrect it’s head in 15 months when these people fail to solve the problems and need more money.

  • Rich

    Stop blaming cost overruns on the union ,,maybe its time to start looking at the management,,,avg salary over 100k avg union worker with no overtime 48k. managment is to blame not the union


      RICH – Union employees outweigh non union by like 20 to 1, give me a break with this 1970s union talk….


    Oh, and with overtime (which management does NOT get) there are MANY employees that earn well into the 80s and 90s which is way to much. thats not my opinion that is the state of PATs finances that prove that.

  • Kent

    You are exactly right. Let’s just shut down the bus system all together and let those freeloaders walk wherever they need to. You should not have to foot the bill for them riding. But remember that we will no longer fund your fascist police force or your fire company or subsidize your gasoline or bail out your car manufacturer or your bank or your employer any more. We will no longer offer your company an obscene tax package to keep it here in the rust belt.

    I have a better idea. Shut up and get on the bus. Quit destroying my world because I do all I can to not destroy our world.


    KENT – did you actually read anything? Who said shut it down? I simply asked how it should be funded. I also asked if it makes sense to actually fix the issues, something our government no longer does, instead of throwing money at it (that we no longer have… in case you have not been paying attention)… And you are right; I should NOT have to subsidize your bus riding. I’ll say it again, PAT should cut costs or raise fares to cover costs. Kent, gasoline is not subsidized… it is taxed profusely and there is another .15 coming on that too…


    So No one cares to answer; What Happens In 6 Months when this $45 Million is gone??? Do we throw another $45 million at it again and again, or does someone hold them responsible and force a fix?

  • Oliver Mcintyre

    Why is bland still charge you he gets a big bonus for messing things up .He could care less if you have a bus . he has a driver come to get him to work

  • redrock100

    democrats in action

  • Joyce Murphy

    what their saying is they have you by the balls if you have to get to work and don’t drive you have to pay or walk. And it seam’s every day they are threating to do somthing more. They know if you need them you’ll pay, it is so sad build a tunnel under the water and spend trillions for what? I am very sympathic for people who rely on our bus system.

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