Private Companies Could Give Port Authority Competition
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Could the Port Authority be getting some competition? It’s an idea being tossed around in Harrisburg.
Some legislators want to allow private bus companies to fill the void left by the Port Authority.
Financial problems have forced it to cut several routes and raise rates.
Lawmakers backing the plan say private companies could improve local transit.
“The Port Authority hasn’t been doing a very good job,” said State Rep. Mike Turzai. “I think, give the opportunity to some private sector operators to come in. I can think of a lot of routes that some private sector operators might want to take a chance to service people.”
However, transit union leaders say the plan amounts to “union-busting.”