To address a loss in state funding, Port Authority is reducing service by 15 percent effective March 27, 2011. Twenty-nine routes will be eliminated and weekday service will be significantly reduced on 37 additional routes. Along with the reduction in service, the Authority will close its Harmar bus division and eliminate about 270 agency jobs, including 180 through layoffs.
Port Authority recognizes the impact these changes will have on riders throughout our service area and on our community as a whole. We have spent the last two years making the system more efficient and productive, so there are few underutilized routes left to cut – sadly, many well-used routes will be discontinued or scaled back. We are left with little choice until a sustainable transportation funding solution is found.
Our website now includes schedules for routes that will change in March as well as a list of discontinued routes. We have also provided an overview document (PDF format) that summarizes the discontinued and changed routes, and provides information on alternative Port Authority service where available. Our website also includes information on other transportation options (PDF format), including paratransit, other regional carriers, and access to work services.
Printed route schedules for March will be available in the coming weeks. For more assistance in planning trips using transit, use our Trip Planner (select a date of March 27 or later) or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or for TTY, 412-231-7007.