The raises that fired Port Authority CEO Steve Bland handed out on the same day the Port Authority Board of Directors voted to fire him have reportedly been rescinded.
The Port Authority Board on Friday voted to fire CEO Steve Bland. And now, KDKA has learned Bland handed out some last-minute raises. You could call it Bland’s parting gift to non-union employees of the Port Authority.
Steve Bland is no longer the CEO of the Port Authority.
The fate of Port Authority CEO Steve Bland remains in limbo. On Friday morning, the Port Authority Board was expected to fire Bland or accept his forced resignation. It was expected to be a heated meeting, but instead, it never happened.
A change may be coming to the head office at the Port Authority of Allegheny County.
For almost two decades, a penny of every dollar you’ve spent in Allegheny County has gone to the Regional Asset District Board — the “RAD” board for short — a group of appointed members who decide how and where one percent of county sales tax money is spent.
The largest service cuts in the history of the Port Authority are on hold, at least for the next year; but the fight for funding is far from over. The Port Authority is looking to tap the Regional Asset Sales Tax to shore up its funding; however, arts groups funded by RAD say that’s not what the tax is for.
Port Authority board members approved, with much regret, their 2013 budget Friday morning. The budget includes the deepest transit service cuts in its 48-year history.
Crammed trains and long waits – not everything has been perfect since the North Shore Connector opened back in March. Still, Port Authority CEO Steve Bland called it “an unqualified success” when he was in KDKA-TV’s studio for this week’s taping of the KD/PG Sunday Edition.
These are tough times for the Port Authority and with another round of service cuts just months away, things stand to get even tougher for riders. “Almost anyone who comes in contact with the region will see an impact,” Bland said.
It is a busy weekend in Pittsburgh, which means increased traffic. Officials are hoping to avoid a repeat of last weekend when trolley riders were stranded or forced to board packed trains.
The Port Authority Board of Directors today voted to cut routes and raise fares once again.
While the “T” officially opens to the public on Sunday, a select got a ceremonial first ride today, including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the head of the Port Authority Steve Bland.
The Port Authority says drastic union concessions are needed in order to pull the transit system out of what it describes as a “death spiral” – a future of service cuts and fare hikes.
Robert Mangino hosts Steve Bland, CEO of the Pittsburgh Port Authority, about the state of the Port Authority in the wake of service cuts, budget shortfalls, and prolonged contract negotiations with drivers.