The Pennsylvania Legislature has approved a measure stripping the Port Authority of its power to regulate transportation services in Allegheny County, transferring it to the state’s Public Utility Commission.
Supporters of the measure, sponsored by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, said it will end the Port Authority’s “monopoly” on providing transit service in the county.
“By allowing other transportation agencies to offer services, the people will be far better served,” Mr. Turzai said in a news release after the Senate approved the bill in a 27-21 vote. “Eliminating the transit monopoly is a win-win for taxpayers and transit riders.”
The bill was passed earlier by the House and now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett‘s approval. He will sign it, spokeswoman Kelli Roberts said.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/transportation/oversight-of-county-transit-to-shift-from-port-authority-to-public-utility-commission-639869/#ixzz1xV84CRR5
Well, it’s about time the Port Authority gets their walking papers! I live outside Pittsburgh and I can remember back in the 70’s when PRIVATE companies offered transportation. Once Allegheny County took over public transportation,then bus service went down hill. Cutting service and raising fares for over 35 years has done little to serve the public. Now,the Fat Cats that sit behind the desk and make $100,000 plus a year doing NOTHING can go work at McDonald’s.