Port Authority Worker Accused Of Re-Selling Tickets

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Port Authority employee is facing theft and conspiracy charges for allegedly taking used bus tickets and re-selling them in an illegal ticket-selling operation that was costing the transit authority thousands of dollars a week.

Port Authority police say James Taylor, a maintenance worker at its Collier garage, would gather used tickets from the buses and “recycle” them for personal profit.

Police arrested Taylor on Tuesday at a fast foot restaurant in Carrick where they say he was allegedly in the act of selling tickets to someone from his vehicle in the parking lot.

According to court records, detectives found Taylor with thousands of dollars in used Port Authority tickets, a gun and $3,111 in cash.

Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie today praised police for their successful investigation.

“Our police department did an excellent job tracking this down, investigating, doing some work to find out exactly what the source of this was… Thanks to our police department,“ Richie added, “now this is the hands of the criminal justice system.“

Taylor remains in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.

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  1. ron says:

    dumb ass

  2. Dave says:

    I take either the P1 or P2 on a daily basis for work and this was one of my concerns. A co-worker of mine sent me this article because I’ve expressed this concern since the new changes to the fair boxes.

    From now on I will show the driver my ticket and then rip it in front of the driver and then place my ticket in the bag. I don’t care if I hold up the line. It’s still quicker than handing out cash and I’ll sleep better at night knowing that nobody is stealing from me.

    1. Khalifah Al-Akili says:

      Dave, you have a serious problem. No one would be “stealing” from you if they reused your bus ticket. You have too much time on your hands if this was one of your “concerns”. Though it’s wrong, but this is NOT about you personally, nor does it affect you PERSONALLY.

      1. FedUp says:

        Yes, it DOES concern all of us . . . WE, THE RIDERS, END UP PAYING IN THE LONG RUN, Aren’t we paying enough, already?? Yes, this IS personal . . . it affects all of us. Theft is theft. Hope they fired him already.

      2. Zoeyzotron says:

        and more stupid taxes… like the drink tax bailout….

    2. Khalifah Al-Akili says:

      I’m sure they did more then fired him. He’s in jail, or at least charged with this crime. But this is NOT the reason why they raise prices.

      1. FedUp says:

        It all ends up in the bottom line of the budget, like it or not. And less budget = higher fares and reduction in service and less employees, etc. We pay, no matter how you slice it and dice it.

    3. RICH says:

      AS A DRIVER MYSELF I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THIS,,,,,BUT REMEMBER THIS PERSON WAS NOT A DRIVER HE WAS A MAINTENENCE EMPLOYEE….I WOULD THINK MOST OR AT LEAST I AS AN ADULT WOULD NOT WANT TO JEOPARDIZE MY JOB FOR A PIECE OF PAPER…

      1. Farb says:

        Unless of course it were $10,000.00 worth of paper……

  3. Anonymous says:

    suprised that they union hasnt moved in to save his job. He file a wrongful termination lawsuit and be rehired with back pay.

  4. tyokinpgh says:

    union says he deserves a promotion… justsayin

  5. 1-2-3 says:

    The Union has been robbing the Public for years.

    1. to says:

      hey 123 you jealous

  6. Khalifah Al-Akili says:

    Dave, you have a serious problem. No one would be “stealing” from you if they reused your bus ticket. You have too much time on your hands if this was one of your “concerns”. Though it’s wrong, but this is NOT about your personally nor does it effect you PERSONALLY.

  7. Correction by Khalifah says:

    *this is NOT about you personally, nor does it affect you personally.

  8. diggity says:

    remember when the bus fare wasn’t raised for over ten years? but now it goes up yearly? what changed? is it the union?

  9. FedUp says:

    SOLUTION TO PROBLEM — RIP YOUR TICKET IN HALF BEFORE HANDING TO DRIVER. YES, WE THE RIDERS, HAVE TO DO THEIR JOBS FOR THEM. And this is considered a “State of the Art” fare collection system? A plastic garbage bag hooked on to the fare box??? They should not have implemented these new fare boxes until they were ready to move ahead with the Smart Card. Port Authority at its finest — they keep shooting themselves in the foot. I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale, Steve . . . .

  10. DISGUSTED says:

    YOU ARE A DISGRACE U SHOULD BE FIRED AND DAMN LOCAL 85 IF THEY TRY TO SAVE YOUR JOB….HERE WE ARE IN THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES TO SAVE OUR JOBS AND YOU PULL A STUNT LIKE THIS………..HMMMMMM ( OUTSOURCE) ILL VOTE YES

  11. Anonymous says:

    You better believe the union will step in and save his job. The next thing you hear is that he needs help for an addiction. He’ll go to rehab and get his job back. So anyone with a brain has to say to themself that they are better off to play the “addiction card”.

  12. Sheila Thomas says:

    You better believe the union will step in and save his job. The next thing you hear is that he needs help for an addiction. He’ll go to rehab and get his job back. So anyone with a brain has to say to themself that they are better off to play the “addiction card”.

  13. steve says:

    whoa sarge good thing your not a detective. He is black

  14. steve says:

    ALL THIS DOES IS MAKE THE REST OF THE EMPLOYEES LOOK BAD

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