Major Cuts Coming For Port Authority Riders

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Despite last-minute pleas for more negotiation time, the Port Authority is now set to put in place drastic cuts to bus service beginning today.

The transit union wanted one more week to negotiate concessions that might stop plans to cut 15 percent of Port Authority bus routes, 29 routes in all and 180 jobs; however, the Port Authority Board rejected that offer and the cuts will take place starting Sunday. To see more about the changes, click here.

Another protest outside of Port Authority offices on Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday failed to persuade board members to delay cutting service.

Thousands of people will lose what they consider their lifeline to work, school and elsewhere.

“People [are] not going to be able to get to work; they’re not going to be able to get to where they need to go,” said Leanne Trautman, a bus rider. “This city has to have public transportation.”

The transit union had offered some $18 million in concessions, but negotiators – led by Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato – said that wasn’t enough.

When asked by the union head for another week to negotiate, the Port Authority Board said no, which prompted an outburst.

“I’ll tell you right now, they don’t care about people,” said Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 President Pat McMahon. “Not only their employees who are going to be on the street on Monday; they don’t care about the citizens of this county who they are supposed to be serving.”

Port Authority CEO Stephen Bland said it was time to take action.

“There were some calls for maybe one additional week to see if we can work something out, but frankly, this issue’s been out there for two and a half months, so we think it’s time to move on,” said Bland.

The Port Authority did okay a private company’s plan to take over routes in Marshall Township and Franklin Park, but it’s thought that most other routes are not profitable enough to be taken over by private companies.

Meanwhile, many bus riders say they’re confused over what they’re supposed to do when the cuts at put in place.

Although the cuts take effect today, the biggest change is likely to be on the first business day after the cuts, Monday, when there’s likely to be lots of frustration and confusion.

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Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85

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  • World traveler

    The more cuts by mass transit, in any state, for whatever reason is not good.

    The higher energy prices go, the less mass transit we as Americans have, the further back in time as a society we go. Just take the Scandinavian countries for example.

  • cobalt

    Pat transit needs replaced and the union needs crushed. They’re both at fault for this and the non union working class, The real working class mr union president, is suffering for it. This is why this country is falling apart: corporate greed and elitism within the unions who are little more than criminal organizations.


      The reason this country is falling apart is because of weak people such as yourself Mr. Cobalt. If you would’ve stood up with a union maybe, just maybe, you and the rest of the working poor wouldn’t be in that class. What does it feel like to suffer from paychack envy?

      • dear danny at port authority

        danny, really? is that what you say to your union brothers and sisters that are getting laid off? suffer from paycheck to paycheck? you, with your 35 years service and a GED wont retire to save THEIR JOBS….WILL YA? GREEDY, MEAN, SELF CENTERED, THAT DESCRIBES ALL THE DRIVERS. You think you are immune to the crisis, and you rub your job in peoples faces? you sir, are a moron.

      • cobalt

        Most of this area I’m in has it because the unions drove out all the industry down to Mexico. At least the union at GM Lords town saw the light and took some cuts to stop from their factory going overseas.

      • kate

        you attitude is exactly why i can not stand unions!! Paycheck envy!! Please… MY taxes pay your exhorbantly high pay rates!! Unions are KILLING this country and it’s economy and your “payucheck envy” commnet PROVES it!! i wonder if you can look yourself in the mirror and be happy with your dishonest soul who steals money every day out of the pockets of working people who make an HONEST living.

      • Kazlo

        Paycheck Envy…HA. I once belonged to a union and made 40K a year, I left the union and now make 80K a year, imagine that!!! Doubled my income by leaving a union, now i’m paid what I’m worth not the same as union employees that receive wage increases just because they belong to a union and not because of what they are truly worth to an organization.

      • JJ

        Yeah, OK Danny boy, Standing up for unions is going to help. Lets pay every uneducated lazy slob $25.00 a hour with life time benefits Duh! Why do you think the steel, auto and lots of other industries left this country? Because of people like you wanting more and more when you are not worth it. If we had it your way people would be paying $10.00 to ride a bus. If that computer you are using was union made you wouldn’t even be here leaving stupid comments because it would have cost $8000.00.

      • johnny69

        Unions can be great but they can also be bad, has to be some balance. Drivers making 40-60K yearly I have no problems with but 80-100+K? Then again I wouldn’t turn it down either! If my company idn’t have to compete with other companys that pay great wages because of the unions, they would pay as close to minimum wage as possible, so would any businessman. If a housing contractor wants 20K to remodel part of your house, and another wants 30K because he employs union workers who would 99% of us go with? That’s right, the non-union. See, it is ok if it is not coming out of our pocket. As for the cuts I do not understand. Simply it is this: Less routes equals less riders, less riders bring in even less income. Time for the Portt Authority to get rid of the layers and layers and layers of management and corporate rich cats.


        JJ – I want everything that I’m entitled to off yours and every other tax payers dime! If you don’t like it to bad!

    • Mary

      Union memebrship in this country is almost non-existent. MOST people do NOT belong to unions. Years ago, this was not the case.
      So STOP blaming UNIONS for the economic ails of this country.
      P.S. Cobalt…without unions, we would ALL be:
      – working 80 hour weeks for bread crumbs
      – with NO overtime or “comp” time
      – get NO breaks
      – WORK thru lunch and NOT get paid for it
      – have NO health benefits
      – nothing
      – NADA
      – need I go on??
      Yes, I agree there are plusses and minusses to unions, but dont blame rich greed and poor management on them. Lower the wages some? Yes. Contribute more to health? Yes.
      But to say the are the cause of America’s downfall? Please..

      • Jeff Becker

        The Unions were necessary in the early 1900’s. They gave workers a 40 hr. work week and fair pay, but they have outlived their time. They create aweful work rules, paid off political leaders for above free market pay and pensions. The private sector gave up on pensions years ago and replaced them with 401K’s and IRA’s, the only choice they had or go bankrupt. The unions either need to get inline with private sector pay or be destroyed.

      • Zoeyzotron

        MARY – Years ago are when the problems started.

    • Ming117

      What are you smoking? Sounds to me you got it backwords. Wonder if you feel this way about the tax cuts extended to millionaires. Maybe some of that money could be used for the public good.

  • Lor

    If you want good public transportation move to Chicago or DC. This city is going down hill and has been for years. I can’t wait to get out of here.

    • RR

      DC mass transit is terrible, its worse ran and only strives due to government handsout because federal employees get their transit paid for. DC needs mass transit to function.

    • Jeff Becker

      See ya.

  • Jim K

    Are you the real Marty Griffin? If so, nice work

  • dave

    thanks for making my trip to work even more enjoyable port authority…..JERK OFFS!!! anyone that thinks these cuts are for the good are the biggest morons on the face of the earth and are a waste of space. ARROGANT PRICKS!!

    • dave

      Get a car, cry baby!

      • Barbara S

        You sheltered fool, not everyone can drive or is physically able to. And believe it or not, there are some people in this city who are unemployed and laid off through no fault of their own and are desperately looking for work while having to depend on buses to take them where they have to go, despite service cuts. What about the elderly and the handicapped?

  • ubart

    why is it my fault that these people can’t or won’t find their own way to work. i live twice as far, have to pay twice as much in gas, AND subsidize their bus fare. now that is just dumb.

    • Salvatore Aversa

      I hope your car breaks down one day, and you have no option but to take PUBLIC transportation, which is always there for you to use, and suddenly it’s taken away. Because your selfish thinking allowed the top to take everything that you took for granted.

      • Barbara S

        Yeah, see how the rest of us working class live!

      • herpa derp

        are you jewish? you sound like a jew

    • selfcentered

      It is all about you!

    • dave

      your an arrogant prick ubart, sorry if everyone else isn’t handed everything to them, a job today is so hard to get right now in case you havent realized and been living in that shell of yours

      • Point Proven

        A job might be hard for you to get because you’re half illiterate. I bet you Dave was taught by a union teacher.

    • Ming117


      Why are so many of you on here interested in a race to the bottom.. If people have jobs and decent benefits you complain. If they don’t have jobs, well it must be because they are lazy, no good slobs. One final question: whose tax dollars subsidize the roads you drive on out in your cushy suburb.

  • whiskeynone

    Hey whiskey6 – why don’t you go make it whiskey 7 – 8 – oh heck just drink the rest of the bottle!

  • Tom

    Hey world, take your business elsewhere. Pittsburgh no longer has a public transportation system sufficient to get your workers to work.

  • Marty Griffen

    Dont you democrats feel good now, putting Danny Boy in office

    • Salvatore Aversa

      OnoRATo is a Republican, who decided to run as a Democrat. He is NOT a representative of our party.

      • Barbara S

        He shouldn’t be a representative of this city.

      • Mary

        OnoRATo is a TYPICAL politician. Does what he needs to do to get elected.
        Jokes on him now..he thought he would take our area in the race for Governor.

    • Barbara Spicer

      Yeah, see how he cares so much about us working class people in this city? And idiots voted him in, didn’t they?

  • dave

    people like you whiskey are a waste a life, keep drinking your whiskey and just stop talking. sorry if people such as myself who go to school full time and work part time, have bigger things to worry about then getting a car

  • Level Green

    What everyone is forgetting is that this is not over. It was originally supposed to be a 30% cut in service but ex-Gov Slick Eddie came up with money to hold that off for 18 months. Next summer we will be having this same discussion about more cuts when that money runs out unless the root cost structure is fixed.

    The union doesn’t understand they still need the kind of cut backs they offered to make the service viable and to be on par in pay with drivers in Philly.

    • Salvatore Aversa

      Did you catch this?

      “The transit union had offered some $18 million in concessions, but negotiators – led by Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato – said that wasn’t enough.”

      The unions are NOT the problem. There is no problem. This is strictly to line the pockets of those who benefit from this. The drink tax created so much money, which was suppose to go to PAT, that they cut it from 10% to 7%. Furthermore, OnoRATo kept the people at the top that were mismanaging the authority to begin with. The works and unions are innocent in this. Just because they are making more than you, doesn’t mean that they are the problem. Are you trying to say they don’t deserve to make a living wage? If so, you disgust me.

      Unions are doing everything in their power to make sure this DOESN’T happen, but it’s kind of hard when the other side doesn’t offer any alternatives, and is not willing to budge.

      • Michael

        The problem is the unfunded pensions…. You do know what those are right? To bad they can not re-structure retirement benefits… then and only then will they be able to survive. You are right about the unions not being the problem, they are only part of the problem…. This is what happens when you have unions throwing huge amts of money into political matches and when the horse they choose comes in. oh then they get sweet heart deals…

  • unreal

    This is like a building falling on me bcuz there is no 55 anymore i just officially lost my job mind u i have a 3 year old and a 1 month old i have NOO idea what im goin to do now this is crushing

    • Salvatore Aversa

      Remember, according to the Republicans, YOU are the problem. YOU are lazy. YOU need to do better. This is all YOUR fault…

    • Hard Truth

      Here’s what you do. Stop whining, take responsibility for your life, realize it’s not up to me to solve your problems and the start working to improve your life.

      • Tony G

        Why are you on this article. It cost the state tax payers less than 20.00$ are year to fund mass transit. Take it away the revenue from job loss will be much higher than 20.00$.

  • Barbara Spicer

    Colored? Are you by chance caught in a 1950’s time warp, you brainless racist? And in case you wondered, I’m a white woman with a white husband. I just detest ignorant racist fools.

    • Barbara S

      How old are you? 12?


    Thousands of people will buy cars, so thats good. There will be more traffic, with lots of new drivers though. Not that I care, because I live downtown and work there. Oh yeah, and there will probably be lots of small businesses springing up so people don’t have to travel as much. I guess Walmart won’t do so well though.

    • Barbara S

      Not everyone has the luxury of buying a car, especially people without a job. And not everyone is able to drive. So what are all those people, including me, to do? Go on Welfare and walk for hours all over the city to get where we have to go, in all kinds of weather? What are the elderly and handicapped to do???

  • 2059

    PAT= poor a$$ed transportation.

    • Barbara S

      I thought PAT stood for “Please Audit Them.”

  • stay out of my pockets

    I do feel bad that people can’t get around as easilly as before, but bus driving requires……….. a license. no education. bus drivers should not make 45K a year. unions cost too much, and the people suffer. blame the union, the management, the state for enabling this mess, heck, everyone shares blame. but stop whining for god’s sake. there were months of negotiation before today, and both sides failed. i am tired of bailing out a system that i do not use.

    • Salvatore Aversa

      Did you happen to catch this?

      “The transit union had offered some $18 million in concessions, but negotiators – led by Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato – said that wasn’t enough.”

      This isn’t about the unions. The transit has done well with them long before. Unions insure that EVERYBODY has a voice. And if you are upset for they making as much as they do, perhaps you should join them? Because this isn’t about me vs. you. This is Big Business vs. the little guy. And they are pitting us against each other, while they get through what THEY want.

      • Mary

        And they have been working on this and other issues for over 2 months….you dont always read in the paper EVERYTHING that goes on behind the scenes.
        Union offer = 18.6 million
        PAT offer = 20 million
        These are SO CLOSE to each other.
        Dont know about you, but given the fact that these cuts were going to hurt a lot of riders, the least PAT could have done was postponed it. Whats another week or 2?? They were EXTREMELY CLOSE to each others offers. It could have been resolved. But PAT said NO NO NO
        Blame PAT this time guys, not the union.
        Score one for management!!

      • Bob

        Port authority told them they needed $20 million to balance the budget over two months ago. The union thought they could negotiate that number. that number was not negotiable. If the union would have come up with th $20 million in cuts like they were told the Port authority wouldn’t have made these changes.

  • Barbara S

    And that mismanagement is the real reason the Port Authority’s going broke, and bus riders have to suffer for it.

  • Barbara S

    Maybe if they hire you, the system won’t be in danger of going broke and the books won’t need to be audited.

  • Salvatore Aversa

    We need to get OnoRATo out! He is a sorry excuse for a Democrat. Let’s get a true leftist in there, somebody who cares about the public!

    Tell me, now that they are cutting the bus lines so dramatically, probably to pay for that mistake tunnel to nowhere, will they be cutting out the drink tax? Wasn’t that money suppose to fund the Transit? And wasn’t it doing so well, that they decided to cut it back from 10% to 7%?

    What a crook!

    • Barbara S

      Yeah, you said it. But none of the idiots who voted for that crook are blaming him for driving the working class into the ground, when he’s got his greasy paws in all our back pockets. They’re placing all the blame on the Port Authority. Onorato’s the crook that rejected the Port Authority’s plan. Place the majority of the blame where it belongs – the thieving crook you idiots voted for! And he’ll just keep on stealing from us until there’s nothing left.

      • Barbara S

        Onorato is a disgrace to humans, no matter what their political affiliation.

      • Salvatore Aversa

        I voted for myself where OnoRATo was concerned. I refuse to vote Republican (just look what they are doing across the country, and right here in the state), and then there was Corbett…

        OnoRATo is a disgrace to Democrats.

  • Salvatore Aversa

    We need to get OnoRATo out! He is a sorry excuse for a Democrat. Let’s get a true leftist in there, somebody who cares about the public!

    Tell me, now that they are cutting the bus lines so dramatically, probably to pay for that mistake tunnel to nowhere, will they be cutting out the drink tax? Wasn’t that money suppose to fund the Transit? And wasn’t it doing so well, that they decided to cut it back from 10% to 7%?

    What a crook!

  • Salvatore Aversa

    Do you enjoy safe working conditions? An 8 hour work day? Overtime pay? Did you have to work in a factory as a child? How about making a living wage, or close to it? Health Insurance? You have unions to thank for that. Even if you are not in a union, chances are the reason you have what you do, is to keep the workers happy and unions out. Either way, unions are essential.

    Democrats care about people. Republicans care about big business. End.

    • FedUp

      Salvatore Aversa – Thanks for the history lesson. Not relevant today. Unions were very much needed when they first began but have outlived their use and need to go the way of the dinosaur.

    • Jeff Becker

      The government has created OSHA, EEAP and other organizations to make businesses comply with sake working environments and employee rights. UNION are over!

  • Barbara S

    You racist pig. Your disgusting hate remarks shouldn’t even be allowed on this forum.

  • Salvatore Aversa

    As opposed to taking everything away from the little guy and giving it to the top?

  • Barbara S

    Actually you ignorant moron, I am a white Italian-Irish woman, as whitebread as can be, with a white husband and white children. I just findbrainless racists disgusting, as any decent intelligent human being would.

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