PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County Council is looking to divert $5 million in excess drink tax collections to help out the Port Authority.

However, it’s not enough to restore the service cuts that went into effect Sunday.

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On Wednesday evening, Council held an emergency session to hear from the Port Authority CEO and the transit union.

Both say they’re willing to keep negotiating to cut costs, but they differ on what’s more important, the current situation or the future.

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“We need to fix that immediate crisis, get this service back to where it was,” said Pat McMahon, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 president.

“Nothing Pat McMahon could offer would be enough to fix this problem if the state doesn’t come through, and you’re hearing that from me,” added Stephen Bland, Port Authority’s CEO.

The bottom line is that negotiations will continue, but don’t look for any bus routes to be restored soon.

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Allegheny County Council

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