- Fares: The January 1, 2011 fare increase approved by the Port Authority Board of Directors will proceed as scheduled.
- Service: Riders will not face a 35 percent service reduction in March. Instead, service will be reduced by a lesser amount that will be detailed in January. Planners are determining specifics now. This would help the Authority through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2011. Port Authority also could reduce service sometime in its upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2011.
- Layoffs: It is highly likely that some layoffs would occur under this plan but not at the levels originally feared.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Short-Term Port Authority Funding Approved; 35% Service Reduction to be Scaled Back
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) voted last night by a vote of 27-22 to provide Port Authority with $45 million identified by Gov. Ed Rendell to help offset a statewide transportation funding shortfall.The money allows Port Authority to scale back the approved 35-percent service reduction planned for March that would have been devastating for employers, businesses and riders. We are grateful to those regional officials who supported this effort and recognize the value of public transportation.This clearly is a short-term Band Aid -- not a long-term solution. In response to concerns by a number of SPC Commissioners over the short-term benefit of these funds, Port Authority has committed to examine "stretching" the $45 million over the next 18 months -- through June 30, 2012.So what does this mean?: