PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Port Authority’s 15 percent reduction in service went into effect Sunday, but the real impact will likely be felt in the days ahead.
In all, 29 bus routes in Allegheny County were eliminated.
That means many who relied on those buses will be scrambling to find another way to get around.
The real impact probably won’t be felt until Monday’s morning commute when thousands of people are trying to get to work or school and realize that they can’t.
“Everyday I get to work a half-hour late and they’re really getting tired of it. But, I really [have] my hands tied,” Richard Bruno said.
The big question for people who depend on the Port Authority to get to work is, who is going to be on time Monday morning and who isn’t?
The Monday morning rush is the first time a lot of people will use the system since the latest round of changes.
A total of 29 routes were eliminated, service on another 37 routes was reduced and 180 workers were laid off.
“Fortunately, I get a ride in the morning, but I catch the bus home so I’m already thinking about what that’s going to be like,” Heidi Pope said.
One thing riders can count on is that Monday will be a day of transition because it’s the first work day for the changes.
On Sunday, people were waiting long periods of time and no one seemed to know when the buses were coming.
Late Sunday evening, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 issued a statement saying its members would do everything possible to make for a smooth transition for Port Authority riders
However, with more than 50 eliminations or reductions in routes, there is sure to be at least some confusion for both the morning and evening commute.
The Port Authority is adding extra personnel to its help line where people can call with questions about the changes.
The phones will be staffed beginning at 6 a.m. and the number is (412)-442-2000. Their website will also operate with up to the minute information about the changes.