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Port Authority Might Escape Service Cuts

A deal between the state, Allegheny County and union officials is being negotiated to stave off massive Port Authority service cuts and garage closures.

A deal is in the works to avoid drastic cuts to Port Authority service this fall, according to a report by KDKA.

According to the report, negotiations between state, Allegheny County and union officials are underway to avoid a one-third cut in service—which would reduce or eliminate many bus routes to the South Hills and close the Collier Garage—on Sept. 2.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told KDKA that if the union, management and county can come up with about $30 million, Gov. Tom Corbett will match that amount and restore service.

and eliminated several trolley stops in an attempt to raise revenue and streamline services.

Many riders in the South Hills face if a dedicated revenue source is not found for mass transit in the state. The Collier Garage next to on Route 50 also is scheduled to be closed.

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tom July 06, 2012 at 10:28 AM
We need to keep Collier Garage open and the people of the South Hills riding to work,shopping,etc. Seems kind of strange they aren't talking about reducing the service in other areas.
Mike Jones (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Tom... I don't think any area is safe. They're going to eliminate service across Allegheny County. They also already eliminated the bus garage in Harmar during last year's cutbacks.
Xeva July 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
The cuts will affect the North people too. My bus that I currently ride combined five routes several years ago. Now that route is on the "cut" list. So, that is five routes north of Pittsburgh that will not have bus service to the city. This could turn into quite a mess. But, even if they are saved this time, it's inevitable that the end is coming....it's just a matter of when.
tom July 06, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Mike, the Harmar closing should never have happened. No garage should shut down. Xeva while cuts will effect everyone they aren't closing Ross Garage are they? Some minor trimming might be a healthy thing for the Authority but closing down garages and laying off more people isn't the answer. People in need ride the bus and their jobs depend on solving this situation.
Mike Jones (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM
@Tom... The Collier Garage was on the chopping block last time and was saved by the unexpected state money. It'll be interesting to see if it has 9 lives again. The West Mifflin garage would have to pick up the slack if Collier Garage closes. That's quite a hike out there.
Roger July 07, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Out of all the functions in Detroit that are not working, their transit system is one that is working. In the past year, it has moved from red to black ink. It is back on its feet, functioning, and is no longer loosing money. Why? Cuts. Changes had to be made, else it was doomed. Cuts were made, the system has righted itself, and is now running in black ink. While I understand many resist cuts, the only way to maintain solvency is through cuts. No service, or service that has been cut ...? What is your pick?
Roger July 07, 2012 at 12:52 AM
One more thing, ... remember how the Onorato drink tax was to solve the money problem...? More money does not always solve our problems.
Mike Jones (Editor) July 07, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Cuts or right-sizing?
Emily July 08, 2012 at 02:58 AM
"Roger" must own a car. Some us of who graduated college a few years ago, have high student loans and don't live in the South Hills by the T line depend on the bus.
1 lay off away July 09, 2012 at 12:32 PM
wow 8hr days for drivers min overtime to fix buses half hr lunches bring all traffic dispathers into local garages for better relation with garage Ds would result in faster responce no more waste the biggest problem is paper waste all garages are ran differnt you move to another and things change causing confusion we need to be on 1 accord and not in
1 lay off away July 09, 2012 at 12:37 PM
different fords cause F.O.R.D stands for fix or repair daily and thats what they do put lip stick on the pig its still there
Rich Baier July 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Here is what I don't get all service will end at 10pm but like eight routes.Those few routes will stay on til 1am so if you live on 82 Lincoln,86 Liberty,8 Perrysville,91 butler your safe but if you actually work for a living and God forbid live in north suburbs you are screwed if you work overnight or 3 to 11.The people who pay and don't stab drivers and don't destruct the equipment or shoot at buses are left stuck.Pat seems very manipulated in what they are keeping.

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