So the Port Authority has some news and you’ll never guess what that news is in a billions years.
Go ahead. Take a guess.
Oh. You got it right!
Port Authority officials today warned of a “death spiral” of deeper service cuts along with layoffs and fare increases if Gov. Tom Corbett and the Legislature don’t resolve a statewide transportation funding crisis.
CEO Steve Bland said the agency faces a projected $64 million deficit for the fiscal year beginning next July unless state aid is increased and the authority gains significant concessions from its employee union.
If the deficit isn’t closed “we’re looking at significant curtailment of night and weekend service” including a full shutdown of the Light Rail Transit system on weekends, he said. Another 40 bus routes could be eliminated.
The Port Authority was also sure to go all shock and awe and fire and brimstone and 2012 and Death Star on our asses:
A 15 percent service reduction in March already has stranded many riders and forced others to endure severe overcrowding on buses and rail vehicles. Mr. Bland likened those reductions to “cutting into bone and muscle.”
Future rounds of cuts would be like “amputations,” he said.
So lets look at the scary language the Port Authority is using here:
- “Death spiral”
- “Cutting into bone and muscle”
So, to sum up, once again, commuters are screwed and this is what your bus will look like in 2012.
Seriously, we might as well just start sewing giant magnets to our clothing and leaping onto passing vehicles.