By Paul Martino

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It should have been a weekend to show off the new, half billion dollar North Shore Connector and the convenience of our subway system, but it turned out to be a PR nightmare for the Port Authority.

“They stood on that platform for 45 minutes, some an hour and never knew when the train was coming, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “There’s no markings or no voice that says the train will be here.”

It was a huge weekend with fireworks Saturday night after the Buccos game and 25,000 runners downtown Sunday for the marathon.

But the Port Authority apparently wasn’t ready to handle any of it.

The Port Authority wouldn’t talk on camera, but in a written statement they say: “The service outages that occurred last weekend are unacceptable and will be fixed. Port Authority apologizes to its riders and the community for the problems caused by this unfortunate situation.”

The county executive is demanding that it gets fixed.

“When you have people that can’t get from here to there and they’re the people that paid for it. The taxpayers paid for this thing. It’s gotta run right.”

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