The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the new plan is scheduled to take effect on Sept. 2, and it calls for 45 routes to be cut out, including most express or “flyer” buses that serve suburbs. Weekday service would end at or about 10 p.m. on all but a handful of routes. There would be deeper cuts in weekend service, and Blue Line trolleys would not run at all on weekends.
The Port Authority said 100 municipalities or neighborhoods won’t have any bus service at all under the new plan, including Braddock Hills, East Hills, Elizabeth, Forest Hills, Holiday Park, Manchester, Moon, North Versailles, Trafford, Turtle Creek, Verona and Wilmerding.
There are not enough sad trombones on the planet, Internet.
An estimated 500 to 600 jobs could be eliminated, with most of that achieved through layoffs, authority CEO Steve Bland said.
“If we have to go through with these reductions, my feeling is it’s the beginning of the end of public transit as a significant carrier in the region,” he said.
“It’s absolutely not a scare tactic,” he said of the proposal being unveiled today. “The folks who use the routes we eliminated in March know how real it is. It’s as serious as a heart attack.”
I don’t want to get into a fight about unions and whatnot, but:
The costs generally are less than the cost of new full-time employees who receive, on average, $70,000 to $85,000 a year in base pay and benefits, officials said.
$70,000 to $85,000 in base pay and benefits to drive a bus. That is so, so, so messed up.
It looks like my joke about sewing giant magnets into all of our clothes and hopping onto the sides of trucks and buses wasn’t such a jokey joke, after all!
I’m going to go buy stock in all the magnet companies now.
And the bike companies.