Scare tactics.

Or God help us if these aren’t scare tactics:

The Port Authority today proposed two different fare increases and fare structures and the elimination of more than half of its bus routes to help it address the biggest funding deficit in its 43-year-history.

They are proposing eliminating 123 of 213 weekday runs and cutting hundreds of jobs. Shit.

And I’m not the only one thinking this smacks of “piss everybody off so we’ll get more funding” tactics.

I think they’ve hit the “piss everybody off” nail on the head.


  1. notayinzer
    January 3, 2007 4:16 pm

    maybe the port authority cat get some of that casino money…

  2. Will
    January 3, 2007 5:38 pm

    They’re getting rid of the airport fliers? That’s absurd. What the hell kind of city doesn’t provide public transportation to and from its airport?

  3. Bill
    January 3, 2007 5:50 pm

    They’re taking away at least 1/2, if not more, of the buses that go on the West Busway or the western part of the area…Unbelievable!

  4. Tim
    January 3, 2007 6:50 pm

    I guess cancelling the underground tunnel project is out of the question…

  5. pittgirl
    January 3, 2007 7:13 pm

    Oh, excellent point, Tim.

  6. Lino Gunn
    January 3, 2007 7:58 pm

    Pittsburgh. Excellent place to live, raise your children, have friendly neighbors, lots of fireworks, visitor friendly, and on and on. Except if you want to get anywhere.
    Smacks of many, many years of criminal mismanagement.

  7. Joey
    January 4, 2007 8:09 am

    I’m sorry, I feel no sorrow for the Port Authority. There have to be numerous ways they could have trimmed expenses over the years…two come to mind immediately…lessening the number of stops along a particular route, which would seemingly save fuel (the stop and go). I know that between the Herron Bridge and 40th Street, there are 12 bus stops. That’s just ridiculous. People can walk a few blocks. The second thing is all the half-empty buses that run through downtown. By consolidating these routes/stops, you’d again save on fuel and lessen the number of buses you need. Besides, most of the streets downtown are too narrow for buses anyway.

  8. Denise
    January 4, 2007 8:33 am

    As usual Pittsburgh is nothing but a bad joke….

    The Three Stooges could do a better job at running the city, county, and port authority! It would at least be entertaining instead of depressing reality that it is.

  9. mimi
    January 4, 2007 9:15 am

    Ditto Denise! I just don’t understand why there needs to be a tunnel under the river – who will benefit from it? You are right about the mismanagement of the Port Authority and now the little people will pay the price. This, unfortunately, goes on with all levels of government. I feel bad for the people this will affect.

  10. Ruby Vroom
    January 4, 2007 11:41 am

    Who will benefit from the underground tunnel? Why the new casino owners whose monstrosity is being built at the North Shore end of said tunnel. And, isn’t that the most important thing?

  11. Barrister Jubril
    January 4, 2007 9:16 pm

    Guess Pittsburgers will be “moving forward” in fewer buses.

  12. Erin
    January 5, 2007 9:06 am

    The Steelers will also benefit from the tunnel, I imagine. And I’m a Steeler fan, but come on. What a waste of money. Although I agree this is just a scare tactic, like it was when they said all this before. Yawn.

  13. Funky Dung
    January 5, 2007 9:53 am

    What’s pissing me off is that Rendell is bending over backwards to accommodate the Penguins’ demands and doing jack shit about the public transportation problems the state is facing. The last time the PAT and SEPTA cried about how broke they are, he miraculously “found” some surplus money in the state budget (and I’m still wondering where the hell it came from) and then patted himself on the back for “solving” the problem.

    Granted, PAT and SEPTA are bloated and are in desperate need of responsible and efficient management. Punishing them for their mismanagement by ignoring their budget crises and underfunding them isn’t the answer, though. “Poor planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on mine,” says the old proverb, and if PAT and SEPTA bureaucrats were the only ones affected by such “tough love”, I’d be all for it. Unfortunately, the citizens of Allegheny and Philadelphia will suffer if PAT and SEPTA have to make major service cuts.

    Anyhow, the point of this rambling rant is that Rendell doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the common citizen of this fair state. Pushing for casinos and crapping himself at the thought of losing the Penguins, while letting PA’s public transit system rot make that abundantly clear.

  14. mimi
    January 5, 2007 10:36 am

    Well, who voted for Rendell, hmmmm? I hope all the folks out there who voted for this bloated used car salesman who (I agree) does not care about the common man in the state are happy. This will only get worse too! Buckle your seatbelts!

  15. Sofa King
    January 5, 2007 10:42 am

    I doubt there’s a public transit system in the country that’s fiscally profitable…with the exception, maybe, of the MTA in NY. Apparently, management aptitude and general common sense are not very high on the priority list when looking for management candidates at transit administrations.

  16. Bill
    January 5, 2007 10:57 am

    Actually there are two local transit authorities that are dealing with the budget crunch reasonably well, The Westmoreland County Transit Authority and The Mid-Mon Valley Transit Authority. Both are looking to expand service.

  17. miXi
    January 5, 2007 11:19 am

    And now, since we don’t even have Jerome, there will be no buses in Pittsburgh!