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TRANSIT RALLY 1/28!

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE FIGHT THE UNNECESSARY 15% SERVICE REDUCTION APPROVED BY THE PORT AUTHORITY. THESE CUTS WILL SHED 140 GOOD UNION JOBS, LEAVE 13,000 ALLEGHENY COUNTY CITIZENS WITHOUT SERVICE, AND PUT MORE STRAIN ON AN ALREADY STRUGGLING ECONOMY.                                             WHERE        345 6TH. AVE ACROSS FROM THE PORT AUTHORITY OFFICE                                             WHEN                    FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH 2011 […]

Bleeding Wound (re-posted)

Posted on January 12, 2011 on publictransit4pittsburgh A cut is still a cut. No matter how big or small it is, a cut still bleeds. Right now, the public transit system in Pittsburgh is a bleeding wound. Despite the efforts by outgoing Governor Rendell to supply a band-aid to the Port Authority for this fiscal […]

BREAKING: Port Authority approves 15% transit cut, routes and jobs to be eliminated

From the Post Gazette today:Port Authority approves 15% transit cutBy Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-GazettePDFSee the Port Authority’s service changes that take effect March 27.The Port Authority board of directors today approved a 15 percent transit service reduction effective March 27. Board member Jeffrey Letwin said the decision caused him “intense anguish” but said the board’s […]

PGH Post-Gazette – Transit union opposes stretching of funds

Thursday, December 23, 2010By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The union representing Port Authority drivers and mechanics is opposed to a plan to make smaller transit service cuts and spread $45 million in emergency state funding over 18 months instead of six. Patrick McMahon, president of Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union, said in a letter this […]

PGH City Paper – “The Flat Line”

DECEMBER 23, 2010The Flat Line BY LAUREN DALEY The Port Authority of Allegheny County may have received a bailout to stave off huge service reductions, but the transit agency still faces a bumpy road ahead. Faced with a $47.1 million budget shortfall, the Port Authority was bracing for a fare increase in January, followed by […]

SPC Approves $45 Million for Transit ’til June, 15% Cut Possible in March

Port Authority gets $45 million bailoutFunds will allow authority to avoid massive service cutsMonday, December 13, 2010By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Members of a 10-county regional planning agency tonight approved Gov. Ed Rendell’s plan to provide $45 million in emergency funding to postpone record-breaking Port Authority service cuts. Members of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission voted […]