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Baldwin-Whitehall Riders Would Be Affected by Massive PAT Cuts

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If you're someone that relies on public transit, you're probably going to have to adjust your schedule.

Many of the Port Authority of Allegheny County's services and routes have been saved in the recent past by an unexpected influx of state money to keep the transit agency on life support, but on Wednesday, county officials said that they will have to cut Port Authority (PAT) services by 35 percent and lay off more than 500 workers if Pennsylvania legislators do not agree on a dedicated revenue stream for transit by September.

Nearly half of the PAT's 102 routes would be eliminated, while the remaining ones would see fewer trips and/or have reduced hours. PAT officials estimate that the proposed cuts could impact 45,000 daily riders. (Sept. 2 would be the effective date of the changes. A full timeline of events leading to Sept. 2 is available here.)

View the table below to see popular routes in and near Baldwin-Whitehall that would be affected.

Fares are also scheduled to increase on July 1 by a quarter for Zone 1 passengers and by 50 cents for people who grab their bus in Zone 2.

A public hearing on the PAT changes is scheduled for Feb. 29 at The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

 when it stretched $45 million in unused state transportation money over 18 months.

Gov. Tom Corbett has assembled . The commission has put forward several ideas, which include increasing registration fees and gasoline taxes, that have yet to be considered by Corbett.

State legislators passed Act 44 in 2007, which was designed to rebuild roads, repair bridges and assist public transportation. But half of the revenue that was supposed to come from leasing The Pennsylvania Turnpike and/or tolling Interstate 80 fell through, and the state has wavered on a dedicated revenue source ever since.

Potential changes in and near Baldwin-Whitehall:

Route Name

Weekday

Saturday Sunday Weekday Options Y1 Large Flyer

Service Reductions

Does Not Run

Does Not Run

Y45 Baldwin Manor Flyer

Route Eliminated

Does Not Run Does Not Run

Y46-Y47-Y49

Y46 Elizabeth Flyer

Service Reductions; proposed elimination beyond Clairton

Service Reductions Service Reductions Y47 Curry Flyer Service Reductions Route Eliminated Does Not Run Y49 Prospect Flyer Service Reductions Route Eliminated Route Eliminated 51 Carrick Service Reductions Service Reductions Service Reductions 51L Carrick Limited Service Reductions Does Not Run Does Not Run 44 Knoxville Route Eliminated Route Eliminated Route Eliminated

48-51-51L

48 Arlington Service Reductions Service Reductions Service Reductions

 

54 North Side-Oakland-South Side

Service Reductions; proposed elimination of Bon Air segment

Service Reductions; proposed elimination of Bon Air segment Service Reductions; proposed elimination of Bon Air segment 56 Lincoln Place Service Reductions Route Eliminated Route Eliminated

 

39 Brookline Service Reductions Route Eliminated Does Not Run 41 Bower Hill Service Reductions Route Eliminated Route Eliminated Blue Line - Library Service Reductions Route Eliminated Route Eliminated Blue Line - South Hills Village Service Reductions Does Not Run Does Not Run Red Line Service Reductions Service Reductions Service Reductions

Click here to learn more about all affected routes.

"Clearly, these proposed cuts will have a significant and profound impact on our county's residents and businesses, as well as our region's economy," county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a press release on Wednesday.

"Solving this funding issue will require action at the local and state level. It took Port Authority nearly 50 years to get into this situation, and it's going to take some time to get out of it, as well. Everyone needs to come to the table and work together to address this issue and provide real solutions for transit.

"I'm committed to doing my part to make that happen and to move this discussion forward."

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Frank January 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Ah, Port Authority, the most mis-managed company in the county, possibly the state. I mean really an average salary of $70,000 to $80,000 for its bus drivers? Mis-management of funds, but you do gotta love those expensive bike racks now on the front of most of the busses. I forget the price tag on that, but it was well into 6 figures. I hope they fold in on themselves so that a private company can take over and maybe then we will have a efficient running bus service in this area. I mean, there only shooting themselves in the foot with these route reductions. What they need to do is have better management of funds, and get some people in there who know how to run a good honest business.
Sandra January 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I agree with you Frank. They also installed new fare boxes last year, which I heard cost $33 million. I live in north Baldwin and they cut the Spencer/Churchview routes last March. Before it was cut, it was packed every single day with people standing in the aisles. As of now, we have no public transportation at all in north Baldwin. When they cut our route, they told us our option was to take the Carrick. That is a 30 minute walk from my house each way. There is nowhere to park along the Carrick route. I now have to drive to Overbrook to take the T. Yes, I was part of the mess that happened yesterday on the T. Today we sat on the T bridge for 20 minutes with no expanation. I recently went to Port Authority's site online to check the schedules and it said there were no busses within walking distance from my house. So I guess the Carrick isn't our option anymore. I also heard that the T to the north shore will be free. So they cut routes for people who are willing to pay, but spent millions of dollars on an unnecessary tunnel for people to go free. I could go on and on about Port Authority...
Cathy January 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Port Authority used to be privatized, but was unable to make it. That is why the state took over. And, your dreaming if you really think bus driver make 70,000. Actually, they make about 40,000. A few have doubled their salary with massive over-time. Who would do that job for less than 40,000? You certainly can't think some kid out of high school should be hired for that job. The sad part is, there is no parking down town for people. Many will have to quit their jobs because of this. How could the resteraurants and businesses stay open if people can't even get there to run it?
Janet Vucich January 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Ask around to find out how much a QUART of paint used on the buses costs! I grew up in Bon Air, and at the time ridership on the 54 (C back then) was fairly high. Many of us worked or went to school in Oakland, the N.S. (remember Allegheny Center Mall?) and Bloomfield. In our small community, we knew each other and although this long "loop" took on average 45-60 minutes to complete there was always someone with whom you could chat. When I am back in Bon Air now, I watch the bus run through the neighborhood several times a day but most often it is empty. In this instance and in my opinion, cutting this part of the 54's run wouldn't really impact ridership. The 51 route is a joke. Along Brownsville Road from Brentwood @ 51 to Brownsville @ Nobles Lane the bus does NOT NEED TO STOP at every current stop. People have always stood at these stops when walking one block, or heaven forbid 2 blocks is an easy and healthy option. Most of the time the drivers do not pull over to curb because they insist on "holding" their spot in traffic. A mode of transportation that is supposed to help with traffic congestion in this instance creates more by halting its flow. As a passenger, I used to exit several blocks earlier than necessary and by walking would always beat the bus to my destination due to this ridiculously lengthy trip.
Frank January 21, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Well I will admit I can have crazy dreams, but check out these numbers... And imagine 42 that's "Forty two" drivers earned more than $70,000! And this is only 2005 numbers I found. I can only "dream" what they are now. Just saying. Here are the correct numbers for 2005: • The highest paid driver in 2005 received $90,762, including $41,725 in overtime. • Seven drivers and two hourly employees grossed more than $80,000, including overtime. • Forty-two drivers received $70,000 or more, including overtime. • The median pay for drivers was $49,000, including overtime. In 2005, the Port Authority had 1,580 drivers on the payroll. • No driver is budgeted to receive in 2006 a base pay higher than $46,134. Read more: Port Authority defends overtime - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/rss/s_475133.html#ixzz1k3gr63tu
Sandra January 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I wonder where the drink tax and casino money is going.
Robert Edward Healy, III August 21, 2012 at 04:23 PM
UPDATE (Transit Agreement Reached: No PAT Cuts and No Tax Increase) - http://patch.com/A-xhgp

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